Rear-drive Kia K900 flagship sedan debuting at L.A. Auto Show
The K900 will offer V-6 and V-8 power, luxury and bold styling.
Kia has just debuted the Kia K900 sedan at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. Called the Quoris in other markets, the K900 rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Equus and will go on sale in the U.S. in 2014.
Unlike the Hyundai Equus, though, the U.S.-spec Kia K900 will be offered with V-6 and V-8 engines. The 2014 Equus has a 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8, and we'd be surprised if the upcoming Kia K900's base V-6 engine isn't a version of the 333-hp 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood of the outgoing Hyundai Genesis sedan. The Kia K900 side-view teaser image is shown in the gallery below with images of the overseas-market Kia Quoris.
Hyundai's lineup bridges the gap in price between the front-drive Azera and rear-drive Equus with the rear-drive Genesis sedan. Since Kia doesn't yet have a U.S.-spec Genesis-sized four-door, offering the K900 with a V-6 engine might help the automaker lower the price of entry. The Hyundai Equus starts at above $60,000.
We'll learn more about the U.S.-spec Kia K900 moving forward, but expect LED headlights and taillights, soft-close doors, haptic-feedback controls, a head-up display, and a digital instrument cluster. Given that the 2015 Hyundai Genesis will have an advanced, automatic trunk opener, the feature might just make it to the K900 as well.
Previously, we've noted that Kia wants to sell 5000 units of the flagship K900 sedan in 2014, which might prove challenging. Then again, if the K900 is as good as the Motor Trend comparison-winning Cadenza, perhaps the rear-drive K900 has a chance at reaching the automaker's goal.