After it has been released as 2015 model, K900 managed to attract a great number of buyers. The 2017 Kia K900 will remain identical simply because it is too early for redesigned model to be offered. Mostly carried over 2017 version will still be a good competitor and few upgrades that we expect to see will certainly improve its position on the market.
The K900 is Kia’s mid-size luxury offering which brings a really interesting package for the price at which it is sold. In fact, while it competes with cars such as the Audi A6 or the BMW 5 Series, the K900 is larger, more comfortable and quite a bit better equipped than the two, all while starting at little less than $50,000, a very good price for a car like this. The current model was officially introduced in 2012, and it is based on the same platform as the Genesis sedan, so it is a rear wheel drive car which is a bit unusual for a Korean-made model.
One of the recent rumors suggests that we can expect to get a large update with the 2017 Kia K900, which will not be just a mid-life update but rather a rework of the current model. If anything like this happens, it is to keep its edge over most of its rivals, but then again we highly doubt that complete redesign will come with 2017 model. Spy shots that were recently offered might not be even from K900 since those look more like it’s from Cadenza. Without a doubt, these information’s needs to be confirmed, and this might happen in the next few months.
2017 Kia K900 Review
The rear wheel drive platform will remain unchanged but this time around the car will share a lot more with the new Genesis. We expect it to get a more refined interior and few small tweaks to a suspension that will be able to absorb bumps better while offering an improved driving experience. On top of that, the car may receive new engines in order to become a Global offering, one of the things that certainly would be praised by many is the hybrid version, but there are still no details about this possibility.
In terms of actual design and size, the upcoming 2017 Kia K900 will still be an obvious Kia. However, while the current model still looks amazing for its age, it will definitely get an update in the next few years to allow the car to fit Kia’s new design scheme which started to be applied on most of their cars. Just like before we are getting the trademark grille, LED fog lamps as well as a pair of slim and aggressive-looking headlights. Back of the car should remain similar to the current model but there might be few additional wheel options for you to choose. Looking from the side, we don’t see any changes and the overall impression that this is one sleek looking vehicle remains.
Inside the cabin, the new K900 definitely share a lot of its design with Kia’s newest cars but the quality and equipment levels are a lot better than most people expect. As standard, it will come with a leather-wrapped dashboard and contrast stitching, automatic cruise control, a large LCD screen that will support phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear armrests as well as aluminum or wood inserts throughout the cabin. We assure you that the level of comfort is not on par with Mercedes, Audi, Lexus and similar offerings in this category but still it will be a great choice for many at a significantly lower price.
Unlike the current model which is only available in the US and Canada, the 2017 Kia K900 might also be introduced to the European market. However, opposite to the two other markets, this model will likely get either a 2 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque or a similar diesel with as much as 200 horsepower. The US and Canada, on the other hand, will get same engines to those found on the ongoing model. This means that the base K900 will get 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 with 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. The option is a larger 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8 offering more than 420 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
While it is obvious that competitors in this segment have options of more powerful engines in the lineup, we are quite satisfied with what 2017 Kia K900 offers. If you opt for the larger and more powerful unit, you will be able to hit 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds while max speed is limited to 149 mph. Quarter mile run is done in about 14.1 seconds with exit speed of 101 mph, results that are not impressive but still are decent.
Both of these engines will feature direct injection, and now both of them should get cylinder deactivation which should improve fuel economy on the highway and in the city by a decent margin. The only transmission of choice is going to remain the eight-speed automatic fitted to the current model and just like before, the car will be available with either rear or all-wheel drive.