Kia unveils the 2019 Kia K900 at the 2018 New York Auto Show, a luxury luxury sedan with luxury and technology features. You may remember the old Kia K900, which was a bit of a swing and a miss for Kia. It was built on the original Hyundai Equus platform and lacked sophistication in terms of interior quality and driving dynamics. Considering how much Kia's latest products have improved – and how much we like the next of the Genesis G90 relatives, the Genesis G90, we have high hopes that this new K900 will be a memorable luxury alternative.
The power comes from the Kia Stinger GT (and the Genesis G90) twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine, which generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic. The K900 comes standard with an all-wheel drive system that is biased backwards for a sportier feel. Up to 80 percent of the available power can be pushed onto the rear wheels.
Inside, Kia promises to enhance its luxury game with upgraded materials and all the top-rated features and insignia, including leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats with a 20-way adjustable driver. Available executive Rear seats have a 12-way adjustment on the driver's side and 14-way operation on the front passenger, and separate HVAC controls are an option. There is a 64-color ambient lighting system that detects when the driver grabs the controls on the dashboard and lightens nearby lights.
Watch nerds may be interested in the dashboard watch from Maurice Lacroix. It's not a $ 160,000 Breitling tourbillon like the one in the Bentley Bentayga, but if you're an analog fan, it's nice to see automakers finding ways to make vehicle clocks more interesting.
To complement the redesigned interior, Kia has done a great deal of work to tame noise, vibration, and harshness, allowing for a smooth and sporty ride. We'll see how well we've done when we get a K900 on the road.
The 2019 K900's new technology includes a 12.3-inch Android Auto and Apple CarPlay touchscreen connected to a 900-watt, 17-speaker, harmonica / Lexicon stereo system. The touchscreen has a special version of Kia's outstanding Uvo infotainment system called Uvo Luxe. This system provides remote access to telematics, vehicle location, remote start and cabin temperature settings. K900 buyers also get a direct line to a dedicated service consultant, part of Kia's efforts to serve higher-value buyers.
The dashboard of the K900 comes with either a 7-inch information screen or an optional 12.3-inch digital display cluster. There is also an optional 9.7-inch head-up display. All expected driving aids are available, including a 360-degree camera and a full range of active safety features such as the adaptive cruise control and Kia's recently introduced Safe Exit System, which warns passengers when they open a door on the way an oncoming vehicle.
As charged and luxurious as the K900 is, the budget-priced Kia products have fought for acceptance in the past. But the well-preserved Stinger is already underway and Hyundai's Genesis brand proves that the South Korean automaker can compete with the big names.
The new 2019 Kia K900 is due to be launched at the end of 2018, to be announced closer to the sale date.