Kia Previews All-New K900 Flagship Sedan With This Teaser

The focus in Kia’s sedan lineup recently has been mostly on the Stinger. When it comes to more upscale offerings, Genesis has been arguably taking the lion’s share of attention. But Kia’s working on a new flagship luxury sedan of its own, and this is our first official glimpse at its form.

The new K900 promises to embody a more “sophisticated exterior design,” stemming from the joint efforts of Kia’s designers in the United States and back home in South Korea.

It also proposes a more accommodating and upscale interior, along with the latest safety technologies, and “effortless performance” to “give the driver greater confidence at the wheel.” If reviews of the aforementioned Stinger give any indication, it seems that Kia has the chops to back up that claim.

Sold in Korea as the K9 and elsewhere as the Quoris, the sedan that North American customers know as the K900 was introduced in 2012. It’s based on the same platform as the previous Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedans, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the new K900 adopting the revised architecture that underpins the new Genesis sedans – and Kia’s own Stinger.

No word on powertrains just yet, but we’d fully expect the options to revolve around the same Lambda V6 and Tau V8 as the current K900 and Genesis G80 and G90.

In the same brief statement, the automaker says the new sedan will “debut later in the year,” but that it will reach showrooms “from the second quarter of 2018”(which would be mean in the next few months). So we’re not sure whether we’ll see it in Geneva next month – word has it New York a month later is the target – but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

  • Bo Hanan

    I think Kia is being positioned between Genesis and Hyundai. As is Buick to Caddy and Chevy.

    • donald seymour

      I think its a little other way around. I believe Kia is being positioned WITH Genesis and Hyundai, which I know is strange, but it’s true. While we see Buick positioned as the middle grounds between Cadillac and Chevy, I don’t think that will apply to the Kia. This is due to the fact it will probably and most likely be on the exact same level as the Genesis Brand with the K900 and on the exact same level as Hyundai with the rest of its line up.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Because Hyundai allows competition.

        This is probably one of the reasons why they are as successful as they are right now.

        • Bo Hanan

          I think you’re both (donald seymour) right. Kia will be positioned next to Genesis as the BMW to its Mercedes.

          • Elpatore

            you could be onto something here…

          • Tumbi Mtika

            That could work.


    koreans are rising by late 2010s

  • Ary Wisesa

    I see a grille from Jaguar XJ, bonnet from Maserati Ghibli, roof line, C-pillar and Hofmeister kink from BMW. Yet it looks alluring and elegant despite lack a little bit of originality. Overall is good. Very promising.

    • Maher

      And all I see is an annoying troll.
      How did you see all these things from a side teaser? Especially the grille?

      It’s always the same guys who want to proof to others that hey look, I’m a car enthusiast, I’ll break down what this Kia/Hyundai/Genesis looks like from front to back.

      • blueharley

        You are being unfair to this guy, indeed all what he mentiones are pretty obvious. Look at the side view of the grille and how it interacts with the hood.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Come on now, we all know that the grille will not look anything like the XJs. That is unless you haven’t seen a Kia since the ’90s…

        • Maher

          Based on their recent history, Kia will stick to it’s grille, just like they did with the all new Stinger. If they were going to change, they would’ve done that with the Stinger.

          What next, you guys are gonna tell us that from this teaser, you were able to notice how the interior was a copy of the S Class? I wouldn’t be shocked if one of you did that tbh.

          • Nordschleife

            I have to agree with you. We all know that every car takes some elements of another car so I try to refrain from comments like these unless it’s super obvious or if it brings to mind something especially from the past but it’s to the point where we know something off this car is similar to another so spelling them all out is just seeking attention.

      • Ary Wisesa

        Hmmm, why are you so overly sensitive? I’m not trolling this Kia. Did you read that at the end of my comment I said “Overall is good and very promising?” Contrary to your assumption, I never had any intention to disdain its design. But yeah, if you’re so annoyed, than let it be. I don’t really care.

  • john1168

    It looks really good but I wonder how many of these they’ll sell in the US without a premium badge and if people are going to go for a Genesis over this K900. I like the lights.

  • Craig

    I’d love to see KIA go nuts and supercharge that V8.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      God, that’d be glorious.

    • LWOAP

      And then rebadge it and sell it as the Chrysler Imperial 😛

      • Craig

        Sure! Why not?!

  • no25

    Looks too much like a Genesis which is fine for Kia but a bad image for Genesis. And honestly, I completely forgot these things even existed.

  • S3XY

    It looks nice but all cars look the same. That’s why you have to specifically mod yours to make it stand out from all the rest. Like my car.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      What mods are you gonna get on a Tesla?

      • LWOAP

        Wheels and that’s about it. Getting a custom interior will probably break the bank. He could put an air ride suspension on that thing but I don’t think that’s up his alley.

  • Bugatti Andrea Ettore

    The damn full-size sedan that we’ll never see in Alfa Romeo.
    these of Kia gives pleasure like one client to buy his cars, that pretty silhouette of this sedan of representation of Kia and its K900 of second life. Thanks a lot to Kia.

  • YUGE

    KIA needs a name change to sell pricier vehicles.

  • Merc1

    Not sure why they continue with this car. They simply don’t sell.


    • Galaxium

      The car is mostly focused on the Korean market. Why are you just making empty comments?

      The K9/K900 is a competitive executive sedan in Korea. It heightens the brand in other countries. Use your brain, yeah?

  • Waleesa1

    I don’t understand why the brands within a conglomerate would be competing against each other in the same segment. I expected the K900 to be killed off because of the Genesis G90. But here we are. More examples:

    Audi A5 Sportback vs VW Arteon
    Kia Cadenza vs Hyundai Azera
    VW Phaeton/Phideon vs Audi A8

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