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Kia has released a pair of sketches previewing its upcoming K900 flagship, ahead of a likely debut at the New York motor show next month.

The company describes its large sedan as “sophisticated and stately”, with a new grille containing 176 individual jewel-like cells.

Apparently, it’s designed to be “suggestive of released energy flowing away from its centre” but, to our eyes, it looks remarkably similar in concept to the Diamond Grille debuted on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Those twin-LED daytime running lights have been dubbed ‘Duplex comet’ by Kia, while the pattern is repeated down back. Chrome trim has been used to highlight the window line, lower-door shape, grille and front air intakes.

We’re yet to see a concept previewing the production model, which picks up where the current American and Korean-market K900 leaves off.

Although the Stinger garners headlines for bringing Korean rear-wheel drive power to Australia, the K900 was actually the first rear-drive product from Kia. It’s currently offered with a V6 or V8 and left-hand drive in markets like Korea and the US, sharing its platform with the Hyundai Genesis (Genesis G80) and Hyundai Equus (Genesis G90).

Kia says the K900 will be manufactured in Korea, and lands in “selected global markets” from Q2 2018. There’s no word on whether we’ll see it at this point, but stay tuned.

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