As 2015 Kia K900 debuts at the 2013 L.A. auto show, the automaker asks that you take into consideration exactly how far it has come since entering the U.S. market 20 years ago. Now, the K900 shows up in the U.S. with the purpose of fortifying Kia’s high-end goals, its arrival led by current, incremental actions upmarket with the Optima Limited and Cadenza sedans.
Besides discussing its basic underlying framework with the Genesis, the 2015 Kia K900 likewise acquires that automobile’s direct-injected V-6 and V-8 engines. The base V-6 Premium design is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6, while the V-8 Premium acquires the 5.0-liter “Tau” V-8 from the Genesis R-Spec design. Both engines make much less energy here than they perform in the matching Hyundai; at 311 and 420 horse power, they’re down by 22 and 9 equines. Both engines back up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and Design
Dimensionally, the 2015 Kia K900 is bigger than the Genesis, with its 119.9-inch wheelbase stretching 4.3 inches beyond the Hyundai’s, and it’s also 4.3 inches much longer,.4 inch broader, and about half an inch taller. Interior measurements mirror the Hyundai’s, although Kia managed to press an added 1.8 cubic feet of interior volume out of the K900, for a total amount of 110.8.
The V-8 does include a few niceties past its larger engine, featuring 19-inch chrome rollers, LED fronts lights, a breathtaking sunroof, rear cross-traffic alarm, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure caution systems, and a heated leather-and-wood wheel.
A pair of option bundles, dubbed Luxury and Technology, will certainly be available to V-6 buyers, although getting the last calls for getting the previous. The Luxury bundle includes a shift-by-wire gear selector (the stock V-6 obtains a cable-operated system), Nappa leather seat trim, a more upscale headliner, a heated leather-and-wood steering wheel, and authentic wood trim. Yeah, the K900 will have it all it needs to contend with other mid- to large-size high-end vehicles– except an adored high-end nameplate.
Like the Genesis, the K900 represents Kia’s coming of age as an automaker, yet it’s going to take more than competence and equipment to court the generally badge-conscious buyers in this price arena. We’re mentioned to the Genesis was usually purchased by individuals entering into the deluxe market for the very first time– Hyundai calls these “intercepts”– as well as those who prefer not to flaunt their economic status. It seems to us that the K900 will date these same folks, which could make for some awkward conversations around Hyundai/Kia worldwide HQ.
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2015 Kia K900 Price and Release Date
Last pricing has yet to be revealed, however figure on a beginning price in the top $40,000 array to provide the Cadenza some breathing area.