2019 Kia K900 Detailed As Sales Debut Draws Nearer, Pricing TBA

The all-new 2019 K900 luxury sedan may have debuted half a year ago at the New York Auto Show but it’s still not on sale in the United States.

The commercial debut is getting closer, though, as Kia has released more information about its flagship accompanied by a big photo gallery. Unfortunately, details don’t include pricing, which will be announced closer to the on-sale date scheduled for the fourth-quarter of 2018.

According to the company, its new luxury sedan has nothing in common with its predecessor except the K900 name, as it brings out “a whole new look, feel and character.” The 2019 model will be available in two trim levels, V6 Luxury and VIP Package. Kia says the V6 Luxury is “extraordinarily well equipped,” but doesn’t list its standard features.

However, it reveals that the VIP Package adds features such as a 12.3-inch full TFT-LCD instrument cluster, three-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats, rear seat wireless charging, and Premium headliner, among many others.

Both K900 grades feature the same powertrain, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 sourced from the Stinger GT fastback sports sedan. Rated at 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm), the engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with standard Shift-by-Wire gear selector.

Also standard is a rear-biased Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel-drive system, with the 2019 K900 being the second Kia vehicle to get this in-house built system. The automaker claims it “elevates traction and handling to help the K900 compete against its premium European competitors.”

The K900’s AWD distributes up to 50 percent of torque to the front wheels and up to 80 percent to the rear wheels when the Sport mode is engaged. Handling is also enhanced by the four-wheel independent suspension setup with a new front multilink design, as well as the standard Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS).

On the safety front, the 2019 K900 comes standard with Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. The pack includes a Surround View Monitor, Blind Spot View Monitor, Lane Keep Assist System, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Follow Assist, and Advanced Smart Cruise Control.

The all-new K900 will be built in South Korea at the Sohari plant where the Stinger is also manufactured.

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  • FlameWater

    looks like a Korean Buick

    • brn

      Except not made in China.

    • Cobrajet

      It’s something what Buick should be making.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I don’t usually join these “it looks like” comments, but from one angle It almost resembles a Quattroprte and from another, an older Continental Flying Spur with a hint of Mercedes.

  • Jp

    I like the interior. The exterior seems pretty generic and disappointing… I wish they put a bit more of a Stinger flare to it. It becomes more and more obvious that sedans, even executive, need to become more athletic as SUVs tend to win comfort-seeking clients and become more and more luxurious.

  • Zcat

    The rear looks like a larger C class, especially the taillights, and the way it kind of droops. Nobody likes a saggy arss.

    The interior isn’t bad. It looks well executed, and from the pictures, the quality of the materials looks good.

    The rest of the car’s design is a little boring, IMO. And, it seems weird to me to see that Walmart styled KIA logo on a large near-luxury car.

    • Cobrajet

      A saggy ass is what a luxury car should have, not perked up like cheap small sedans.

      • Zcat

        I do not agree that a luxury car needs to have a saggy ass in order to be considered attractive.
        Design is subjective, so to each their own..

        As I stated in my comparison to the Merc C class, it’s too short to have its behind droop and fade. It makes it look unfinished and smaller than it actually is. Therefore, rendering it to look less than an imposing luxury item-IMO.

        The Kia’s rump doesn’t droop as severe as the C class, but those taillights are not original.

        BTW- I love me some droopy ass from the long and highly stylized cats from the 1930’s.

        And, Cadfilac did the high butt look in the late 60’s and early 70’s and still remained a luxury look.

        Like I said, done right-and in relevance to proportion, droopy or “cat ass”, all works well if done right.

        Have a great day!

  • Ryan50

    Kia is killing it right now with sedans.

    • Merc1

      How so?


  • Dude

    With the Taurus going away there might be some more customers eying options in the full size sedan space. Though the simultaneous existence of the K900 and Cadenza is a little confusing.

  • Merc1

    It’s a nice car for sure, but it has NOTHING on anything German in the segment. LS500? Maybe.


    • brn

      Price, reliability, etc.

      But then American sedans had that on the Germans too and it didn’t seem to matter.



    Finally apple carplay using all space in big wide multimedia screens. Put attention BMW and MB.

  • Vassilis

    Interesting DRLs

  • DADT

    It looks like a G80 too, but still a handsome car. So, is Hyundai a Chevy equivalent, Genesis a Cadillac? Does that make Kia…Buick?

  • Six Thousand Times

    All seven people who end up buying one will get a pretty nice car.

  • f1300

    If they want to compete againt European premium competitors… why don’t they just offer it in Europe as well? Oh, wait…

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