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.