New images, new details of Korean limousine revealed, but not for Australia
The 2019 Kia K900 has made its public debut at the New York motor show this week, with new details of the flagship luxury car revealed.
In addition to what we already knew about the new model's design and powertrains, Kia has finally released new information regarding the K900's technology and features – including some new driver assistance technologies.
"The all-new 2019 K900 is much more than a generational redesign, as it takes on a whole new look, feel and character over its predecessor. Only its name – K900 – is carried over," said Orth Hedrick, vice president for product planning at Kia Motors America.
Several interior wood inlays will be offered, including Walnut, Brown Olive Ash, Beige Olive Ash and Engineered Wood. The seats and other parts of the cabin, meanwhile, can be specified in Black, Beige, Espresso Brown or two-tone Sienna Brown.
The driver's seat is available with 20-way electric adjustment, while the passenger's seat can be adjusted in up to 12 different ways.
At the rear, meanwhile, the driver and passenger-side second-row pews will be offered 12- and 14-way adjustment, along with reclining functions and tilting cushions. Rear-seat passengers are also treated to the option of heating and ventilation.
Driver-assistance technology is also heavily featured in the Kia K900, which makes sense considering it's the Korean brand's flagship model.
In addition to the available 12.3-inch digital driver's cluster and 12.3-inch central display, the K900 gets a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring with live video feeds, driver attention warning, rear-cross traffic alert with reverse emergency braking, and Safe Exit Assist – which alerts the driver if it detects potential hazards when opening any door to get out of the vehicle.
There's also Lane Follow Assist, which acts as a semi-autonomous assistant in conjunction with adaptive cruise control for highway driving.
Audiophiles will also love the sound of a 900W 17-speaker sound system from Harman Kardon and Lexicon with surround sound technology.
Under the skin, Kia has upped the use of structural adhesives to increase structural rigidity, with torsional stiffness claimed to be 33 per cent higher than the outgoing model. There's four times the amount of hot-stamped parts in this generation, and 676 feet (206m) of structural adhesives – compared to 279 feet (85m) in its predecessor.
Numerous sound-insulating measures have been used to improve cabin refinement, included added absorption materials throughout the vehicle's structure and acoustic film on the windscreen and front side glass.
The K900's four-wheel independent suspension system, meanwhile, aims to deliver tighter, quicker turn-in despite the vehicle's size, while also aiding stability and steering agility. Electronically-controlled suspension is available on select grades.
Helping stop the big Korean are four-piston brakes at the front and two-piston units at the rear, while a brake drying feature sweeps water build up to maintain consistent stopping performance in wet conditions.
As already confirmed, the K900 will be available with two naturally-aspirated engines and a turbocharged unit – a 3.8-litre V6, 5.0-litre V8 and a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.
The K900 goes on sale in the US during the fourth-quarter of 2018.
Kia's local division has confirmed the K900 will not be available to our market. Shame.
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