Kia’s luxury sedan isn’t the most popular model in North America at the moment. But this is rather expected because the segment has a number of far better alternatives. Still, the South Korean car manufacturer won’t give up without a fight for sure. Moreover, they are already working on the new generation model, which is coming in 2018 as the 2019 Kia K900.
2019 Kia K900 Looks Far More Sleeker
The prototype of Kia’s flagship sedan has been spotted completely camouflaged while it was testing somewhere in snowy Scandinavia. The vehicle is wrapped so well, so we can’t see all the details, yet there are some pretty evident changes on the exterior. In the front, the 2019 K900 sports the same grille as the recently introduced Stinger. Yes, carmaker’s distinctive “tiger nose” with mesh patterns will likely become brand’s trademark for a while. There is also a brand new pair of headlights. We know that because the daytime running lights are not on the top as they used to be. No, this time the carmaker placed them at the bottom. Around back, the flagship sports an all-new rear hatch, which isn’t longer but looks less aggressive. The taillights are partly camouflaged, so we can’t really figure out what’s happening. Yet, it appears that they are more rounded. The testing model currently uses the exhaust system of today’s model, but this will probably change when the car hits the production lines.
Kia’s Flagship Sedan Sports New Platform But Same Engines
The 2019 Kia K900 will use an all-new platform. It will ride on Stinger’s rear-wheel drive architecture, which should be stretched a little bit. While the current K900 reaches 201 inches, the new generation model will likely add a few extra inches in the length. The automaker will use this to provide even more space inside, especially for the rear passengers.
Powertrain wise, the redesigned sedan will likely keep the current options. The familiar 5.0-liter V8 engine will likely surpass today’s 420 horsepower, while the amazing and around 311 horsepower strong 3.8-liter V6 unit should not get any changes at all. The base model will use rear wheels only, but the all-wheel drive will be optional. Also, you will be able to choose between an eight-speed auto and company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Estimated Price and Arrival
The car manufacturer will probably introduce the 2019 Kia K900 in the first half of 2018. The flagship sedan will host a number of important changes, which should make it better from the predecessor, but this won’t have any big influence on the starting price. No, the next generation K900 will probably keep the base just a bit above $50,000.