The 2015 Kia K900 full-size luxury sedan debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. This flagship model for the brand is a rear-drive sedan based on the Korean-market Kia K9, which itself is built on a version of the platform shared with the Hyundai Equus and Genesis.
The 2015 Kia K900’s 116-inch wheelbase makes it slightly larger than sedans like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class but smaller than full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It will be offered with either a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 311 horsepower, or a 5.0-liter V-8 making 420 horsepower. Both engines are direct-injected and are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Styling-wise, the 2015 Kia K900 adopts the corporate grille, but sets itself apart with upscale design touches like available LED headlights and taillights, chrome-trimmed fender vents, available chrome wheels, and other shiny bits placed all around the exterior. Compared with Kia’s recent, more daring designs it’s a conservative look, but the K900 at least looks convincingly premium.
This premium vibe continues inside, as the 2015 Kia K900 comes standard with notable luxury features like heated seats front and rear, a power rear sunshade, a power-operated trunk lid, park assist cameras and sensors, and a rotary knob in the console that controls the driver information system. Luxury and Technology packages add things like Napa leather seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and numerous active safety features like blind spot warning and lane departure warning. The top-of-the-line VIP package, available on V-8 models, gives rear seat passengers reclining, cooled outboard seats with power lumbar support, and also replaces the standard gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel display.
Kia has not yet released pricing for the 2015 K900, but it will certainly be blazing new territory for the brand. We expect a starting price around $50,000, with range-topping V-8 models possibly reaching $70,000. The 2015 Kia K900 will go on sale during the first quarter of 2014, preceding the release of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis which will make its debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show.