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Kia K900 luxo-barge debuts in Los Angeles

Fri, 22 Nov 2013

Kia unveiled the K900 rear-wheel drive executive sedan at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday. Kia plans for it to compete in the full-size luxury segment starting in the first quarter of 2015.

The company's new halo car comes wrapped in a handsome and brawny package, but it still managed to squeeze in a cute tiger nose grille. The K900 measures 119.9 inches in length, with a 63.8-inch front track and 64.1-inch rear track. For the record, that's less than an inch difference from the BMW 7-series in track and about 5 inches different in length.

The K900 gets its power from the 5.0-liter Tau engine or the 3.8-liter Lambda, both shared with Hyundai. The V8 makes 420 hp in this application, while the V6 hits 311 hp. Both engines use direct injection and variable valve timing. Both are mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Front and rear corners get Kia's five-link independent suspension setup. The front suspension is mounted to the subframe, which helps reduce road shocks, while coil springs and new friction bearings enhance straight-line stability. In back, the subframe also houses the differential. Kia says the chassis of the K900 is composed of 75 percent high- and ultra high-strength steel.

The K900 will come loaded with technology and luxury inside the cabin. Features include a heated steering wheel, a 12-way adjustable driver's seat--heated and cooled—power-rear sunshade and reclining rear seats.

As for technology, the Kia starts with a 12.3-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) screen that is configurable and features different themes depending on drive mode. A head-up display is optional, as are blind-spot warnings and lane-departure warnings. A 900-watt stereo is standard, with 17 speakers and a subwoofer. Three months of satellite radio and auxiliary and USB ports are also included. A power closing trunk, new driver information system and an around-view monitor add to the package.

Pricing and a complete options list will be available closer to the launch date.

Graham Kozak
More details on the K900 will be available as we approach spring 2015.

About the LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show has long served as a spotlight for "green" cars, and a popular place to unveil new hybrid and electric vehicles. We'll have photos, video and complete coverage of all the manufacturer reveals and top news from this year's LA Auto Show right here, so check back often.

By Jake Lingeman