2015 Kia K900 V8 sedan

Headlights

Tiger nose

Two engine options

19-inch chrome wheels

Fuel economy

8-speeds

Visibility

Interior

Dashboard clock

Digital instrument cluster

Shift lever

Infotainment controller

UVO infotainment

Portable media station

Rear console

Head-up display

LOS ANGELES -- Kia enters the large luxury sedan market with the North American launch of the 2015 K900. This Equus-based sedan will try to compete with the likes of the BMW 7 Series, the Mercedes Benz S-Class, and the Audi A8.
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The headlamps feature quad-LED projectors for the high- and low-beams and use diffused LED daytime running-light strips.
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Kia's "Tiger Nose" corporate grille is stretched over the larger sedan's frame.
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Behind that grille turns either a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 or a 3.8-liter Lambda V-6.
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Just behind the standard 19-inch chrome wheels is the fender vent, which also uses an italicized version of the "Tiger Nose" grille.
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Fuel economy hasn't been stated, but we expect the estimates to be similar to those of the Hyundai Equus' or Genesis 3.8 sedan's.
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The K900 is the automaker's first rear-wheel-drive model, making use of an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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LED taillamps help tailgaters see the K900, while a standard rear camera helps the driver see pedestrians. Optionally available is a four-camera Around View system.
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The interior is where the K900 differs most radically from the Equus.
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You can tell that this is a luxury sedan, because of the conspicuous analog dashboard clock.
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The instrument cluster is a 12-inch TFT display that can be reconfigured by the driver.
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The eight-speed automatic transmission is controlled via this shift lever. Just below it a Drive Mode selector is visible.
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Rather than a touch screen, the Kia makes use of a physical control knob on the center console.
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A 7-inch display is where the driver interacts with the UVO infotainment and navigation system.
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Some things never change. Every Kia uses this same USB and auxiliary input; the K900 is no exception. This is a good thing.
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Rear-seat passengers can control their own climate with this console. Here's also where the rear passenger massage and reclining seat is operated.
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The K900 is also available with a standard, full-color head-up display where speed, navigation, and safety system features can be easily viewed.
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