Four Things You Should Know About Kia’s All-New K900

In the official release for the all-new 2019 K900, Kia calls their new flagship product as having been “re-imagined.” While that may be true, people have been questioning just how much imagination was used during the design process.

Based on all the comments we received yesterday during the car’s official unveiling in New York, it seems that most of you aren’t particularly pleased with the new K900’s appearance, at least as far as the exterior is concerned.

However, if we were to flip the script and ask whether the new model looks worse than its predecessor, the answer would probably be no, since Kia actually worked at making the car look “tighter”, featuring a more balanced design.

With that in mind, here are four things you need to know about the all-new K900:

#1 There’s a lot more going on with the exterior than you think

While you might be tempted to say that the production version of the 2019 K900 doesn’t look as sleek or as aggressive as that teaser drawing from earlier this month – and you’d be correct, the new K900 does have a few interesting design features. First, notice the new ‘Quadric pattern’ signature grille with 176 jewel-like “cells” integrated within it. Then there are the duplex headlights and taillights that echo each other’s design and finally the “exaggerated C-pillars”, which give the car an elegant stance – a ‘must have’ for any luxury saloon.

#2 Everything looks well-built and expensive inside

The 2019 K900 has an elegant yet minimalist interior, boasting a sophisticated combination of materials such as metal veneers and a choice of four open pore matte wood trims: Walnut, Brown Olive Ash, Beige Olive Ash and Engineered Wood. The leather you can get in either Black, Beige, Espresso Brown or two-tone Sienna Brown.

According to Kia, the layout of the cabin is meant to wrap around the driver and offer him or her the sense of being “cocooned from the outside world”.

#3 It’s undeniably tech-savvy

If we were to round up some of the 2019 K900’s best convenience, connectivity and safety features, it would look like this: 12.3-inch touchscreen display, high-res 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, 9.7-inch head-up display, a Surround View Monitor, Blind Spot View Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance Alert, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Follow Assist and Advanced Smart Cruise Control.

Finally, when you’re ready to just kick back and relax, there’s a 900-watt 17-speaker Harman Kardon/Lexicon system, which is officially the most powerful audio system ever featured in a Kia.

#4 It will be more pleasant to drive than the old K900

Kia gave the 2019 K900 a longer wheelbase and a wider stance in order to improve control and stability. The new car also comes with a strengthened chassis (improved rigidity), a wheel air curtain, full underbody panels for reduced air drag and an active air flap. Then there is the four-wheel independent suspension with a new front multi-link design and the available Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS).

Add everything together and you should enjoy driving the new K900 more than you did its predecessor, a win in and of itself.

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    i see bmw’s bits inside

    • Bash

      And on the side profile as well.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      All I see is Mercedes and Lexus. Inside and out.

      • Autoexperte

        Thank you

  • PK

    i thought the instrumental cluster were supposed to be all digital?

  • NissLover

    I have a feeling in real life this car will have some presence to it, but I still feel that they failed the car with the front end. It’s way too anonymous. I think simply a different front lower fascia would do wonders. Right now this looks like the Optima’s of yore (The gen that aped the 2002-2006 Infiniti Q45) on a grander scale, which is kind of a step backwards for Kia, who has been on a roll lately. I feel like they tried too hard to play down its relation to other Kias and lost a sense of identity. Kias are damn good looking as of late and I think they should have capitalized on that instead of shying away from it. Like the tiger nose grille is WAY too toned down here. Thats a good design feature, run with it, proudly.

    The interior though… HOME RUN! I even found myself about to utter, that just may be better than an S-class… it’s not but the fact that I even could put it up there on that level and think that means it is indeed pretty nice!

  • Victor Ferreira

    What’s the pricing on this going to look like? I like the car, at least in pictures. The caveat is and has always been price. If the range-topper tips the $70,000 mark… I don’t see a bright future for it. That’s fully loaded E-Class and 5 series money (yes, I know they’re smaller, but the premium brand carries weight in that segment).

    • SteersUright

      Exactly right. At $50k, a great deal. Any more and its up against too many established heavy hitters.

  • BtheKing

    Regardless of the nice interior, I just don’t see someone with that kind of money to spend on a luxury sedan walking into a Kia store… unless they work for Kia perhaps.

  • TrevP

    I see Bentley in the rear

  • Ron

    Sub-prime luxury. No thanks.

    • bd0007

      That’s what the original Lexus LS400 was.

      Anyhow, the bland sheetmetal isn’t going to help the new K900, but at least the interior seems to be a nice place to be.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    No 4G LTE WiFi, I assume, since I don’t think Hyundai/Kia has ventured there yet. Unacceptable at this price point.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      No one gives a shit about this, especially not in this segment.

      If it were a three row crossover, catering to sticky fingered children then maybe. The value of this has yet to be seen, since you can just tether to your existing smartphone for cheaper, and without having to add an additional data plan for just your vehicle.

      4G LTE WiFi is GM’s stupid marketing gimmick for people who don’t know any better.

      • Victor Ferreira

        4G LTE WiFi on the car is virtually pointless. Especially on a GM vehicle, where, just like OnStar, they piggyback off of T-Mobile’s network – which is exactly what I have on my cell. Meaning (and this happened to me once) it won’t work when my phone doesn’t work, making it completely pointless in an emergency situation.

  • Matthew Daraei

    This looks already dated, without even being released into the market.

  • Autoexperte

    good looking interior

  • Six Thousand Times

    6. It won’t sell outside of Korea in any numbers.

  • eb110americana

    I have no problems with the interior–it looks pretty nice, and we don’t really know enough about the engineering to like or dislike the hardware. The problem is that it looks like a potato with a Kia grille. I’m sure if they do a replacement years from now, the press release will be filled with hyperbole about how the model finally has styling and is attractive instead of the unappealing 2019 model.

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