Updating the 2018 Kia K900 will Establish it as a Flagship Model

2018 Kia K900 review

There are some newly announced updates for the 2018 Kia K900 arriving. We are still far away from a next-gen model and there are going to be certain additions made for the cars which are going to keep it competitive. It is not often that a car would receive a new powertrain within an update, but they have decided to add a more powerful V-6 engine to the mix now with the 2018 version.

The Kia K900 model made its first introduction to the luxury line of vehicles in 2013 when it was unveiled at the Auto Show in LA. The model is a rear-wheel drive model and it uses same platform as the Equus model rides on and has initially borrowed the engine from the same vehicle as well.

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The Kia K900 is the next evolutionary step that the Japanese automaker is making. The model actually shows what Kia is actually capable with and manages to exemplify that it could easily hang in there with the toughest of opponents on the market. This is Kia’s newest flagship vehicle and we study it a little bit more here in our review.

When does the 2018 Kia K900 Become Available for Sale?

With the updated 2018 Kia K900 we are not going to wait too long to get it. The model is going to become offered for mid-2017 and we are also expecting a similar release date in the US. The car will mainly be popular for the American audiences and they expect to make larger strides on the given market there.

What is the Price for the 2018 Kia K900?

The price of the 2018 Kia K900 model is going to increase compared to the version seen in 2016. Based on the given price rates we are looking at a base MSRP of $49,000 for the Premium trim, while the Luxury with a V-6 engine comes at $54,900 and the most priciest is the Luxury trim using a V-8 engine and offered at $61,900.

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Updating the Exterior

With the coming of the 2018 Kia K900, there were some revisions made for the car. The K900 managed to keep the majority of its elements and retained almost the same look as its outgoing car. Yet there have been some revisions made to freshen up the car a bit. These are going to include a revised front grille which comes instead of the old one which came with dark chrome elements. The vehicle will also see some revisions in the rear fascia part which will mainly add a new kind of exhaust pipe design and also update the rear part with a chrome trim. Taillights are also revised a bit and seem refreshing compared to the last model. There are also new wheels that the car will ride on. The V6 version gets new 18-inch ones while the V8 model will receive 19-inch wheels.

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Interior and Additions

The newest 2018 Kia K900 will update the inside a little bit and it will for the most part continue the theme it hade with the current car. The exterior of the car combines sportiness and luxury, but the inside is all luxury and so will the 2018 version of the K900 be as well. The elements that the car updates are there to keep that same atmosphere but in a newer way. The updates that the model plans to add on the inside include a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen for better use and control. The eight-speed automatic transmission is still going to be used but it will add paddle shifters this time. UVO Luxury Services are available now and they can be used to operate the climate control, the start/stop function and door locks just by using your phone and the app necessary for its control. Other forms of equipment include an autonomous braking system which comes optional and a hands-free trunk lid.

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Drivetrain Innovations

The 2018 Kia K900 will offer a new engine type of the US audiences to enjoy. Up till now the people were only able to buy a model which came with a 5.0-liter Tau GDI V-8 engine and it made 420 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. But with the coming of the 2018 K900 they are going to update it with another engine. From this version you will be able to get a 3.8-liter V-6 engine under the hood which cranks the power to 311 horses and 293 pound-feet twist. They both are going to use the same 8-speed automatic transmission as before.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

The acceleration time and the top speed are going to remain the same for the 2018 Kia K900 model. The model will keep the time of 7.5 seconds needed to race to 0-60 mph while the top speed is limited to 155 mph.

Newest Fuel Economy Scores for the 2018 Kia K900

With the introduction of the new engine for the 2018 Kia K900 and its American shoppers, there are also some updates made in regards with the fuel economy of the car. It has generally not improved a lot but it is still balanced and favorable for the segment. The measured fuel stats come to 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined for the V6 Premium version. The V6 Luxury one has a rating of 17 mpg, 26 mpg and 20 mpg as well while the V8 Luxury is rated at 15 mpg, 23 mpg and 18 mpg.

Dimensions and Interior Spacing

The new vehicle that is the 2018 Kia K900 is not going to change the dimensions for this update. It retains the same shape and offers the same numbers when it comes to the size of the car. The overall size of the car is 200.6 inches, while the wheelbase comes at 119.9 inches. The width is measured at 74.8 inches while the height comes to 58.7 inches. The interior volume offers enough space for the passengers to feel welcomed and it provides a passenger volume of 110.8 cu. ft., while the total volume is measured to 126.7 cu. ft. The cargo bay is going to allow you 15.9 cu. ft. of spacing to pack your necessary baggage.

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Safety

Safety of the 2018 Kia K900 is going to be addressed with the same kind of additions which were made with the previous model. It is helpful to have such a well-established basic offer which makes the security of the car that much better. Some pieces of equipment that we get include adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking and also eight airbags standard. Unfortunately the K900 has not been tested so far but the IIHS as expensive and low volume car are not usually tested, so we might not get to see the exact figures when it comes to testing this car.

The Competition

The original as well as the newest 2018 Kia K900 has been made with a purpose to compete in the segment against the BMW products. So it is not at all unusual when we say that the closets competitors is the BMW 7 Series mode while also making an appearance in the segment is the Hyundai Equus, mainly because the car has been built on the same platform as the K900 has.

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