[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he new Kia K900 is one heck of an automobile and it’s going to give the likes of Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes and Cadillac a good run for the money.
Kia brass make no bones about it; they say the all-new 2015 K900 “will challenge the rear-drive luxury sedan segment with its extensive list of standard equipment, worldclass accommodations, exceptional driving dynamics and stunning design.”
They add that this car “will redefine consumer perception and expectations of the Kia brand.”
That may sound like one giant leap for Kia, but the Korean manufacturer has been making huge strides with its product offerings in recent years and the K900 is just the latest in a string of successes. Offered with a V-6 or V-8 engine, the K900’s list of standard equipment features first-class accommodations and advanced technology. The V-8 equipped model with the VIP Package adds additional luxury amenities including reclining outboard rear seats.
The K900 Premium V-6 also has an available Luxury Package and Technology Package. The K900 is designed to make an immediate impression. The long 119.9-inch wheelbase, wide 63.8-inch front and 64.1- inch rear track of the V-8 translate to a strong road presence. In profile, the swept rake of the cabin, subdued cut lines along the doors and high rear deck lid lend a muscular tension to the car. It rides on standard 19-inch multi-spoke chrome wheels with 245/45R-19 tires up front and 275/40R-19 tires at the rear.
Kia’s signature grille sits almost vertical in the smoothly contoured front fascia. A chrome halo surrounds the dark chrome inner elements, which hints at the power and potential behind it. Airflow-smoothing underbody panels mounted beneath the nose, engine bay and cabin help reduce drag and improve efficiency.
Adaptive LED headlights are standard, with 16 LED bulbs providing powerful, natural light. The beams adjust to follow the bends in the road, while the clear lenses pull back deeply into the front fenders. Softglow LEDs frame the multi-faceted headlights. Mounted low and at the far corners of the nose are sleek LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights.
Similar use of LED technology is found at the rear of the K900. The trapezoid taillights offer defused LEDs for the brakes and bright LEDs for the turn signals. A tasteful chrome bezel cuts high across the K900’s standard powered rear deck lid, adding elegance and visual width.
Open the door to the all-new K900 and the same sense of elegant sophistication is found within the luxuriously appointed cabin. The three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel is substantial and features controls for audio, cruise control, entertainment and vehicle information.
Pricing on the 2015 Kia K900 starts at $59,500 for the V-8 Luxury model.
[author image=”http://www.samaonline.org/Ron.jpg” ]Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.[/author]