NEW FOR 2015:

– All-new model.

With its K900, Kia is aiming to challenge the paradigm that you need to spend six figures on a vehicle in order to get an authentic full-size luxury sedan. In fact, it’s proving that you don’t even need to spend $70,000 to get comparable space, amenities, luxury features, and technology. With pricing starting at a hair under $50,000, provided you can get over the emblem on its trunk, this very well may be the luxury bargain of the decade.

Fraternal twin to the Hyundai Equus, the K900 offers a sleek body that wraps up a palatial but modern cabin. While it may not have the same degree of polish in its exterior and interior detailing that its German, Japanese, and British rivals may offer, the K900 is generally impressive and is far and away proof that the Korean firm can create luxurious ambience.

The K900 is offered with V6 and V8 powerplants; the V6 is a 3.8-litre unit that turns out 311 hp, while the 5.0-litre eight-cylinder motor makes 420. Both drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. The latter is the quickest product Kia has ever sold with a 0-100 km/h time of around five and a half seconds.

Every K900 includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dynamic adaptive dampers, front and rear parking cameras, front and rear parking sensors, water-repelling front glass, xenon headlamps, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights, proximity key with push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering column, power-operated trunk, premium leather upholstery, 12-way power driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control with rear-armrest controls, driver and passenger memory seats, auto-dimming side-view mirrors, wiper de-icer, trip computer, wood trim, and a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system with navigation, AM/FM/CD/Satellite radio and Bluetooth.

The K900 V6 Premium adds power front headrests, power extendable driver’s seat cushion, rear-seat power lumbar support, heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, wood trim, panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights, head-up display, blind-spot detection system, vehicle safety management, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and cross-traffic alert system.

While the V8 Elite may not include an actual kitchen sink, you will find all the equipment on the V6 Premium plus power closing rear doors, adaptive headlamps, a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, 360-degree parking camera, aviation-style rear headrests with air lumbar support, power reclining rear seats, ventilated rear seats, full LED headlamps, and chromed 19-inch wheels.

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