New Kia K900 Teasers Hint Towards A German-Like Flagship

Kia and its stablemate Hyundai have been killing it recently with good cars. While the Kia Stinger has garnered a lot of attention recently, the South Korean brand is hoping to make a splash in the luxury segment with a new K900 flagship sedan.

On Tuesday, the automaker recently a few new teasers of the sedan before its debut next month.

Renderings are never a good thing to go off of, but Kia’s latest sketches give us a decent idea of what the luxurious sedan should look like. The vehicle was styled by Kia’s design headquarters in Namyang, Korea and the brand’s U.S. design studio in Irvine, Calif.

From what we can tell, the sedan has a handsome design. There’s a lot of BMW at the front, with the vehicle having a similar face to the fifth-gen BMW 7-Series. The headlights are different, of course, as is the grille. Overall, though, they look pretty similar. Moving to the back of the vehicle, the sedan looks like it borrows the taillights from another heavy-hitter from Germany, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

It looks like a lot of automakers are moving towards luxury vehicles with large, gaping intakes at the front. Kia’s move to go with something a little tidier could help the K900’s case. Overall, it’s a handsome design that Kia claims is “sophisticated and stately.”

As far as standout design cues, Kia really wants people to notice its “Quadric pattern” signature grille that has 176 cells. Can you imagine how frustrating it would have been to count all of those cells? The grille is apparently based on the “changing shape of condensed energy” and is the focal point on the sedan. Even in the renderings, the grille looks really good. We hope it’s just as striking on the real car.

Another thing Kia points out is its use of chrome on the sedan. From the pictures, we can tell that the shiny stuff will be on the grille surround, lower front intake, side sills, window line, mirrors, rear taillight housing, rear bumper, and exhaust pipes. It’s a little more chrome than the old K900 had, but if the automaker’s really attempting to win luxury consumers over, it’s the way to go.

Kia teased the new K900 earlier this February, which gives us a better look at the sedan’s traditional silhouette. That teaser also revealed that the sedan would make it debut in April, making the New York Auto Show the most logical date for its unveiling. The K900 will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

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  • WG

    Looks great. I prefer this front over that of the G90.

  • Merc1

    I think it’s going to be the best car that no one buys.

    M

    • Bo Hanan

      I remember when Audi’s rings were a joke, i.e. the 1978 100. And I think the Stinger is making consumers take the Kia badge seriously. This is the next step. Plus, I like how agressieve the Koreans are being. They are pushing forward and will force us to take them seriously. And finally, you actually sign (M) your comments?????

      • Jay

        They are being agressive. Hoping everyone will soon sign their comments.

      • Merc1

        Yeah the next step up from selling a mere 544 units last year in the U.S. It’s a total waste of time on the U.S. market. The Stinger competes in a bigger market. The full size luxury sedan market is shrinking and this car offers nothing compelling other than the price. It will take much more than that to crack this segment.

        M

        • Bo Hanan

          544 for a first year new company/model isn’t bad.
          And Genesis/Hyundai/Kia’s claim-to-fame is that they offer competitive bang-for-your-buck. That’s why people shop their.
          And if the Koreans have proven anything it is that they are able to change with the market. And finally, your remarks can be applied to any car company currently operating today. So you have “offered nothing compelling-new-different.”

          • Merc1

            Are you serious? 544 is outright pathetic when the competition sells that many in ONE MONTH or twice that in one month. Their claim to fame isn’t working in the luxury segment where the K900 is. Clearly you have no clue about how this segment works, just being cheap doesn’t work. Clearly 544 sales proves that when everyone else sells in the thousands per year. The current K900 isn’t that good of a car, and it does NOTHING better than the competition. NOTHING. It’s a cheap car because you don’t get much. The S-Class, 7-Series and A8 all offer something unique and/or are known for something. The Kia K900 isn’t.

            M

          • Bo Hanan

            Read bd0007’s comments below.

          • Merc1

            Yeah I’d better because you’re making a terrible, unsustainable argument.

            M

          • lagunas3ca

            Does that 455 sales figure include the LeBron James “King James” special edition? Because if it doesn’t, then it might 456 sales…

          • Merc1

            Ha ha, I doubt it.

            M

        • bd0007

          Sold over 2,500 in 2015 even tho based on an outdated platform which doesn’t support AWD.

          If the new model can sell at that # for the first 2-3 years, would be worth Kia’s effort to bring here again (minimal cost for them to do so).

          • Merc1

            Which about 2-3 months of the competition, and your point?

            Are you really trying to spin this as a success? I guess a salesman really will say anything. I don’t care what you think about it being worth the effort, the car is a sales flop in this country. Period.

            M

          • Bo Hanan

            I’m really sick of corresponding with you. Feel free to have the last word and lets just see how it works for Hyundai’s empire.

          • Merc1

            I would be too if I were trying to convince someone that selling 455 cars in an entire year was ok or not bad, when the competition sells that many in one month!

            M

        • Jason Panamera

          I think that K900 may make a mess. Just look what new generation of Panamera in EU did:
          2016: 3140 units sold
          2017: 10478 units sold
          Everything is possible so we weill see. 🙂

          • Merc1

            Yeah that was for a car that was already a hit, but in it’s last year. NOT the same scenario. The K900 is a failure and has never been a success.

            M

          • Jason Panamera

            According to Porsche, previous Panamera wasn’t that big hit as they expected but current one is. I see your points but on the otther hand I don’t agree totally as It was a failure. K900 was brought to US for better brand perception, not now but in next 10 years It will work for sure. Stinger did It immediately so It only shows that KIA brand is learning fast. And i reccomend you to be less aggressive during conversation, it will help everyone to talk, especially for you.

            Cheers.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    new york debut probably

  • Bash

    Those sketches certainly have that wow factor, and im sure it will carried out to the final production version. but omg; they really need to work on the badge!

    • Moveon Libtards

      And on not copying other car makers in their interior and exterior styling. Sit in a KIA Stinger and you will see a sad attempt at a Mercedes-BMW interior.

    • getoffme

      Said the same thing when they released the Stinger. Kia needs a new badge!

      • Bash

        Absolutely right mate! this is the ultimate truth when it comes to KIA!

        • Mill0048

          I agree, change the branding to reflect the change in product.

          Mill

          • Bash

            I could not have said it better bro!

      • bd0007

        The KDM version will get the “E” badge just like what the KDM Stinger has, but likely won’t see that here.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Oh, you mean the ‘Killed In Action’ badge? What could go wrong????

      Dr S

      • Bash

        :D:D give them a break man, its because of people with that specific perception and personal image on their products, these kind of -really good- cars are not being sold well.
        btw, Im not a KIA fan tbh, but I like most of their recent products. I have test drove the curent kia Quoris few months ago, and tbh besides that big, right in your face badge on the center of the steering wheel, this thing is wow!!

    • haudit

      They could do worse than using the badge they use in South Korea. It’s sharp, modern and stylised, but still fairly obviously a K.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3dde315e4ab7a7fc4b6b55751c5953aa93b19729feff469974db3435e572fd0e.jpg

      • Jason Panamera

        Wait? Lexus ?

        • haudit

          And that’s why Kia uses the KIA badge outside of Korea, because idiot Westerners can’t tell a stylised K from a stylised L.

      • Bash

        I saw that on various kias including sportages and optimas, but I agree with you, it’s not enough, they could probably use this K logo to replace the common KIA logo, but the have to come up with something completely different t for their “luxury” car. I don’t know, since they have been talking alit about how their cars front imitate a tiger face, they should revolve around this idea and come up with something new and nice! 😀

      • DMax

        This looks horrendous. Does not look like a K to me. They should keep it in Korea.

      • bd0007

        That’s an aftermarket badge.

        The KDM version of the K900 replacement will get the “E” badge just like what the KDM Stinger has, but likely won’t see that here.

        Think the “E” badge is kinda silly (need to come up with another badge); but yeah, Kia needs a new badge as well.

        • Jason Panamera

          Imo “E” badge looks better thank KIA’s one. I think that they should stick with one badge for all models.

    • Bo Hanan

      The Stinger is generating enough credibility in the same way the Genesis sedan did before it became a sub-brand. Kia could create a new brand/badge called “Stinger.”

      • Bash

        I see where you going on this, but i don’t think that the Stinger name fits the K900 for example.

        • Bo Hanan
          • Bash

            On ebay! come on man. smh

          • Bo Hanan

            Its an example of what it could look like. Did you actually think it was their new badge? You common. geez.

          • Bash

            I know its not their new badge! but i meant using ebay as a fact source to support your idea wasn’t a smart move to start with.

          • Bash

            I don’t know what are you trying to say, but this doesn’t say or mean anything.

  • I love the design. Anothet praise for Peter Schreyer. Now I’m wondering if people would actually choose these than the Germans.

    • Moveon Libtards

      No.

      But nice to see Hyundai/ KIA admitting they need Euro and American designers and engineers to make good cars. Korea can just make them.

    • Reliability and better warranties…

      • Merc1

        Which are nearly matterless in the world of leasing.

        Don’t you all get that by now? It takes more than a warranty and better reliability to make it. Other than that, and the jury is still out on reliability, this car doesn’t offer anything compelling other than the price.

        M

      • I thought Kia used to be famous on their lifetime warranty thing in UK. And their reliability is good as far as I know.

  • PK

    i gotta be honest. it’s not bad. not bad at all. now if i can get to see this in person hopefully it’ll amaze me. surprise me kia!

  • Moveon Libtards

    Until they stop trying to copy Mercedes-BMW-AUDI in their interiors (seen the KIA Stinger?) and coupling together different exterior design elements in a mismatched manner, KIA/ Hyundai wont be taken seriously.

    Design your own darn cars with truly leading elements not just copy the best!

  • Moveon Libtards

    “I wish I was a Mercedes but I am not.”

  • no25

    oh look a Genesis..I mean a Hyundai..I mean a Kia..

  • Maykel

    Why Kia keep making this? Large sedans are dying. Should have used this design for their SUVs. Or perhaps build a truck.

    • China

    • Beside that this car was meant to be the halo model, the one that brings people to their showroom.

  • getoffme

    L OOOO L @ Audi for letting the Koreans steal Peter.

  • MJ Coffey

    Front: BMW 6 series
    Side: BMW
    Rear: Mercedes S class

    • Frank Yoster

      hahaha facts

    • PK

      G90 = Korean S Class

      K900 = Korean 7 Series

      • Jason Panamera

        Skoda Superb = Czech S Class he he….

  • Jason Panamera
    • Rj Mansfield

      The badge on this steering will is different than the original Kia logo… kind of looks like the “E” badging on the stinger in Korea… maybe k900 is following suit?

      R

      • Jason Panamera

        In Korea it will.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Looks great.

    • Jason Panamera

      Dunno why double post 🙁

  • Ary Wisesa

    Beautiful sedan. Kia or not, it doesn’t matter. And also, being a Kia only makes it more alluring. I hope it can be a flag bearer for the rest of Kias. Good job Kia! I wish you a very good luck!

  • Frank Yoster

    i swear kia just loves copying the germans signatures..dudes create ur own design…stop following or copying germans.

    • haudit

      It was overseen by Peter Schreyer, a man who (last time I checked) was German, so obviously there’s going to be a vaguely Germanic sensibility to the design, as there is with many Kias.

      • Nefiu Ci

        Peter Schreyer worked at VW and Audi, making the TT, the Golf 4, the new beetle etc – his signature has nothing to do with copying lol

        • haudit

          Did I say his signature had anything to do with copying? I said that he’s a German designer, raised in Germany, who spent 26 years of his working life with the Volkswagen Group before joining Kia. That time is going to inform his aesthetic sensibilities, so obviously the designs he oversees are going to have some Germanic influences.

          • Nefiu Ci

            his influences, not germanic.. geesh..

    • Nefiu Ci

      Peter Schreyer worked at VW and Audi, making the TT, the Golf 4, the new
      beetle etc – can you do some research before typing nonsense ultra?

      How can he copy the design language he created for companies?

      • Frank Yoster

        well first of all he should do something kia instead of reinventing them looking like the germans…thats how u stand out. When u invent a car that is a kia ..last thing u want to design is a car that has a bmw 6 series front, a rear that has a mercedes sclass look…to me thats pathetic..if he invented those cars..then he would com3 up with a kia signature car.

        • Nefiu Ci

          ever looked at the models from KIA? or just being a a silly basher?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Kia should consider using the Excellence logo instead of the Kia logo, not enough people want a Kia badge on their luxury car.

  • Merc1

    It won’t. They’re two totally different cars and different buyers. The K900 is more expensive, not sporty and has ZERO on the competition, unlike the Stinger.

    M

    • I think you would be surprised…in today’s world, people are very careful about conspicuous consumption and really, very little differentiate these types of cars other than name and “snob appeal”…

      • Merc1

        That’s been a load of nonsense every since i can remember. The S-Class is arguably the flashiest car in the segment and it is by far the sales leader. People buy what they want or what they think is best. This conspicuous consumption argument was the same thing VW tried to flow with the Phaeton and it flopped too.

        M

        • Hyundai/Kia is far from stupid…they were laughed at when they first entered the US market…no one is laughing at them now, including M-B…VW is another story, they will never understand the US car buyer…VW delivers low-quality junk to the US and we return the favor in-kind…

          • Merc1

            Who said they were stupid, I said the K900 is a failure. Which it is. 455 sales is exactly that, laughable and some here are trying to spin that as a success.

            So you know what MB is doing? Due tell? I can guarantee you they aren’t worried about car like the K900 selling 455 units in one year.

            I’m not talking about the companies here, I’m specifically talking about the K900. It’s a sales disaster. EOS. You can’t spin it.

            There are very few buyers that want an anonymous luxury car, it’s the stupidest thing yet. Whether it be at the low end Lincoln, Acura, or the high end like MB or Bentley, the badge means a lot to all luxury car buyers despite what some of them might say.

            M

          • After reading your dost-protest-too-much and long rants, you are implying that they don’t know what they are doing…pssst, US isn’t the only market for these things and with this new design, I expect them to sell more…

          • Merc1

            No, they know what they’re doing. I’m simply saying that the K900 is a flop. Nothing more. The Stinger proves they know what they’re doing. So since you couldn’t do anything with it in the U.S. you fall back to the world market. Nice. I expect them to sell more than 455 a year when the new one arrives too, but will it be enough to deem it a success? I doubt it. Not many big bucks buyers walking into a Kia showroom looking to spend 60-70K on a luxury car.

            M

  • Frank Yoster

    omg watta buncha copy catters

    • Nefiu Ci

      you know who the chiefdesigners are and for who they worked for, idiot deluxe?

      • Frank Yoster

        yah and they copy and pasted their work on kia..Instead of making an actual Kia Signature car…thats how u stand out.

        • Nefiu Ci

          you know who the chiefdesigner is right? Google Peter Schreyer you nonsmartass

  • PK

    damn! i love it!!!!

  • TrevP

    Impressive, I’m starting to lean towards a K900 instead of a G90.

    • Jason Panamera

      If they keep similar price to 1st generation It would be a pretty big deal, but looking on how interior improved, I assume that price will get few thousands higer.

  • DMax

    Very boring. The Korean manufacturer fanboy-ism is strong on the internet boards these days.

  • Ben

    Make it JUST like this and they’ve got a winner. But, make the (typically) inevitable changes before production and all you have here is pretty pictures and a boring car.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks nice, the rear end is kind of a generic letdown.

  • brn

    “german like”

    So you mean a maintenance nightmare?

    I’ll take the Continental.

  • SteersUright

    These renderings are tame at best, so I can only imagine how boring the actual car will be. I hope to be proven wrong. I want to see them succeed as it might mean a great and affordable sports car one day!

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