New images, details of Korean flagship limo announced

Kia has released the first official images of its all-new K900 today, along with some new details about its flagship.

Set to debut at the New York motor show next week, the new K900 – or K9 as it's known in Korea – gets an overhauled design inside and out, along with fresh technology and new underpinnings.

According to Kia, the K900's new 'Quadric pattern' front grille was "based conceptually on the changing shape of condensed energy", containing 176 jewel-like "cells", which the company says is "suggestive of released energy accelerating away from its centre".

Character lines sweep from the grille over the bonnet and sides, through to the rear flanks, meeting at the rear on the boot.

The K900's new platform has allowed for a 60mm-longer wheelbase (now 3105mm), while the front and rear overhangs are shorter than before – Kia says the changes give a "strong expression of space" while also lending to improvements in ride quality and passenger room.

No official images of the cabin have been released, though the company has already confirmed a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle, a large central infotainment display, and interior ambient lighting configurable in 64 different ways.

Enclosed in the centre of the dashboard will be an analogue clock, designed specifically for the new limousine by Swiss luxury watch brand, Maurice Lacroix.

Engines are expected to be a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated V6, 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 and a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 – as per the leaked Korean brochure.

Stay tuned for full details of the Kia K900 during its debut at the New York motor show next week.

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