Top model won’t come to Britain but its cabin tech and design will have influence

Kia has pulled the covers off the new K900 luxury saloon, which will be its flagship saloon model in the US market.

Although it won’t be sold in Britain, the car’s high-tech cabin and look are expected to influence future vehicles sold on this side of the Atlantic.

On show in New York, the K900 demonstrates a new design language with a wider, less pinched front grille and overall softer look.

Inside, it features a 12.3in TFT instrument cluster and 9.7in head-up display. The former can display a new 360deg surround monitor to aid parking and navigation through tight spaces.

Additionally, there’s a new blind spot monitoring system that can provide the driver with a live feed of the adjacent lane when the indicator is turned on. The K900 also gets more conventional driver assist features such as lane keep assist, forward avoidance assist and rear traffic alert.

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Passengers are provided with a warning signal if it detects hazards such as a passing car when they start to get out.

Power for the K900 comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6, which is shared with the Stinger. It produces 365bhp and 376lb ft of torque and sends drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Kia has also enhanced the K900’s insulation with more soundproofing, while the use of more structural adhesives is said to boost refinement.

Kia will build its K900 in South Korea at its Sohari manufacturing facility, where the Stinger is also produced.

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28 March 2018

Ah, the Genesis G90 (Hyundai) ..... with slightly different sheetmetal.  The Hyundai Stinger also launched (Genesis G70) .... not forgetting the Gensus G80.

 

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28 March 2018

I saw my first Kia Stinger in the metal today and I must say I was mightily impressed by it.photographs don't do it justice. Apart from the slightly over large grille the K900 too looks impressive, rather a pity that it's not coming to Blighty,sure it wouldn't be a big seller but it'd be another marker in Kia's rise from humble beginnings to what it's achieved in the nearly three decades since the marque became available in the UK. It could be that the K900 may go the same way as the Genesis but then Hyundai UK has never really promoted it's large cars such as the Grandeur or XG30, but Kia seem to have a flair for promtion and if any company can drive Korean cars further upmarket then Kia are the likely marque to do it.

29 March 2018
ianp55 wrote:

I saw my first Kia Stinger in the metal today and I must say I was mightily impressed by it.photographs don't do it justice. Apart from the slightly over large grille the K900 too looks impressive, rather a pity that it's not coming to Blighty,sure it wouldn't be a big seller but it'd be another marker in Kia's rise from humble beginnings to what it's achieved in the nearly three decades since the marque became available in the UK. It could be that the K900 may go the same way as the Genesis but then Hyundai UK has never really promoted it's large cars such as the Grandeur or XG30, but Kia seem to have a flair for promtion and if any company can drive Korean cars further upmarket then Kia are the likely marque to do it.  That’s the trouble, the UK welcomed all these car makers decades ago and now there isn’t a wholly 100% British designed, made in Britain Car that sells in huge numbers, we make nearly all the popular Cars here, there may be pride in workmanship, but with uncertainty still with Brexit, who knows what Cars will still be made in Blighty in the next decade!

Peter Cavellini.

29 March 2018

looks alot closer to Merc C class in and out? which is not a bad thing. well done KIA. 

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29 March 2018

The Stinger is a nice looking big car, practical too

The front of the K900 though - if this is Kia's new "design language" - looks like a Ford Scorpio!

29 March 2018

Looks like a Stinger met a Scorpio...

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