There’s a new Kia K900 in town and this one has a 3.8-liter V6 engine. The new engine option is one of several updates to Kia’s 2016 flagship sedan.
The smaller, V6 engine is new stateside. The K900 used to only be available in the U.S. with a V8. The V6 will deliver 311 horsepower. The 5.0-liter V8 gets quite a bit more at 420 hp. The base V6 model still includes navigation, a leather interior, and a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment.
So here’s how pricing stands with the new engine coming into play. The base Premium V6 model is priced at $49,950, while the Luxury V6 tops out at $54,950. That’s a couple grand under the $56,350 Kia charged for the base V8 last year. The top-of-the-line V8 model will be priced at $62,850.
Stylistic changes made to the K900 include new 18-inch wheels for the V6 model and 19-inch for the bigger V8. It’s also getting a new front grille, and updated rear-end styling that includes chrome trim, new exhaust pipes, taillights, and rear bumper. New equipment includes a hands-free trunk lid and optional autonomous braking system, along with a new 9.2-inch infotainment display. There is also a system that can operate the ignition, door locks, and climate control from a remote smartphone app.
2016 K900 PRESS RELEASE
Kia’s Luxury Flagship Sedan Adds more Features, Technology and Style
IRVINE, Calif., November 23, 2015 – The K900 continues to challenge conventional notions of luxury as it did in 2015 when it earned the “International Car of the Year” award by Road and Travel Magazine and set a record-high score in its segment to earn AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA).
For 2016, the world-class K900 features an assortment of enhancements and upgrades and is now available in three new trim levels: V6 Premium, V6 Luxury and V8 Luxury.New for 2016, K900 now features an all-new 3.8-liter, 311-horsepower V6 engine standard. Also standard on the V6 is navigation, leather seating and panoramic sunroof.
All K900s also receive exterior enhancements, which include an 18-inch wheel for the V6 and a new 19-inch chrome wheel for the V8, a revised front grille, and a revised rear-end design with updated chrome trim, exhaust pipes, taillight design and a new bumper. Other new features include a Smart Power Trunk that opens the trunk automatically when the key fob is sensed near the deck lid for more than three seconds, Smart Shift and Drive, and available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). AEB utilizes the front camera and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)2 system, which adjusts vehicle speed to help maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front, and has the ability to bring the K900 to a full stop.
Inside, the 2016 K900 features an improved navigation system with a 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen with premium audio and UVO3 Luxury Services. UVO Luxury Services are launching this year with an embedded modem that enables direct communication to the vehicle for features such as remote start/stop, remote climate control and remote lock/unlock via the UVO app. Included in the app is a full suite of My Car Zone features, which includes Curfew, Speed and Geofence settings. New steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters are available on all trim levels.