Moving the marque into a new stratum of style, scale and substance, the 2015 Kia K900 seeks to raise the competitive stakes in the full-size luxury sedan segment. "Next year will mark Kia Motors' 20th anniversary in the U.S. market, and the all-new K900 is a symbol of how far the brand has come and the next bold example of the challenger spirit that has benefitted Kia over nearly two decades of growth and maturation," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA at its much-anticipated reveal in LA. 

Based on Kia's range-topping, rear-drive 4-door known as the K9 in the Korean market, the U.S.-spec K900 will go on sale here during the first quarter of next year. Moving one impressive step beyond the recently introduced Cadenza, Sprague believes the K900 will help redefine Kia while further raising its profile among a new generation of more affluent but still value-focused buyers. 

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The K900's elegant yet dynamic exterior styling reflects a more sophisticated take on Kia's well-regarded design language. With a long 119.9-inch wheelbase, relatively wide track dimensions, short overhangs and a sweeping roofline, this new Kia has presence to match its size. It complements the basics with upscale details, including standard adaptive LED headlamps on the V8-powered models which also swap the 18-inch alloys and 245/50 tires on the K900 V6 versions for larger 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/45 rubber up front and 275/45 boots in the rear.

Speaking of engines, the new K900 offers two familiar motivators, each featuring direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. The 3.8-liter Lambda V6 makes 311 horsepower in this application while the optional 5.0-liter Tau V8 sourced from Hyundai cranks out 420 horses. Both are backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission with unique ratio sets and driver-selectable Eco/Normal/Sport settings. To ensure the power from either can be put to full use, the K900'score structure consists of 75 percent high- or ultra-high strength steel which yields an exceptionally rigid and precise platform to anchor this new Kia's subframe-mounted 5-link front and rear suspension elements.  

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In keeping with its luxury persona, every K900 variant will come with an impressive list of standard features that can be further augmented with various package upgrades. Even the base Premium V6 boasts leather upholstery, a 17-speaker/900-watt Lexicon audiophile sound system, a center 9.2-inch multifunction screen accessed through the console-mounted Driver Information System controller, voice-command navigation, UVO eServices telematics, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a power-operated truck lid and front/rear park assist. Moving up through the available V6 Luxury and Technology Packages to the K900 V8 and V8 VIP Package brings things like premium Nappa leather upholstery, fully climate controlled 16-way power seats, reclining rear seats, panoramic glass roof, Kia's first head-up display, radar-based adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree Around-View Monitor and Kia's new Comprehensive Advanced Vehicle Safety Management system.

Pricing for the 2015 Kia K900 will be announced closer to its on-sale date, but is expected to start around $50,000. 

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