Shawn Molnar

KIA 900 debuts at LA Auto Show, offers affordable luxury

Every automaker needs a flagship, an aspirational car that sets the tone for the brand, and gives owners of lessor cars another rung to climb to

KIA K900

Photo credit: Shawn Molnar | Sun Media

Every automaker needs a flagship, an aspirational car that sets the tone for the brand, and gives owners of lessor cars another rung to climb to. KIA has released their new flagship, the K900, and it looks to be an aspirational ride indeed - if on a budget.

The K900 is the brand's only rear-wheel drive offering, adding exemplary handling dynamics at the top of the range. The new K900 is build upon the same chassis as the Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedan, and it's closer to the Equus dimensionally. Expect the ride to also align with these Hyundai brand flagships, which is to say that you can expect a relaxed, comfortable driving experience. 

Two engines will be available on offer, a 3.8 liter V6 producing 311 horsepower and a 5.0 litre V8 producing 420 horsepower - both engines are also gifted from Hyundai. An 8-speed automatic will deftly transfer power to the ground. 

All of the latest comfort and entertainment technologies can be found on-board, from heated and ventilated seats to a large high definition infotainment display, to a Lexicon high-fidelity sound system to park assist.

Canadian pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the K900 to slot in below the Hyundai Equus' $64,799 starting price.

 

Share your comments

By adding a comment on the site, you accept our terms and conditions and our netiquette.

Share your opinion