2015 Kia K900 V8 sedan

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. Read editors' take
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Headlights

The headlamps feature quad-LED projectors for the high- and low-beams and use diffused LED daytime running-light strips. Read editors' take
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Tiger nose

Kia's "Tiger Nose" corporate grille is stretched over the larger sedan's frame. Read editors' take
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Two engine options

Behind that grille turns either a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 or a 3.8-liter Lambda V-6. Read editors' take
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19-inch chrome wheels

Just behind the standard 19-inch chrome wheels is the fender vent, which also uses an italicized version of the "Tiger Nose" grille. Read editors' take
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Fuel economy

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. Read editors' take
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8-speeds

The K900 is the automaker's first rear-wheel-drive model, making use of an eight-speed automatic transmission. Read editors' take
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Visibility

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. Read editors' take
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Interior

The interior is where the K900 differs most radically from the Equus. Read editors' take
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Dashboard clock

You can tell that this is a luxury sedan, because of the conspicuous analog dashboard clock. Read editors' take
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Digital instrument cluster

The instrument cluster is a 12-inch TFT display that can be reconfigured by the driver. Read editors' take
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Shift lever

The eight-speed automatic transmission is controlled via this shift lever. Just below it a Drive Mode selector is visible. Read editors' take
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Infotainment controller

Rather than a touch screen, the Kia makes use of a physical control knob on the center console. Read editors' take
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UVO infotainment

A 7-inch display is where the driver interacts with the UVO infotainment and navigation system. Read editors' take
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Portable media station

Some things never change. Every Kia uses this same USB and auxiliary input; the K900 is no exception. This is a good thing. Read editors' take
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Rear console

Rear-seat passengers can control their own climate with this console. Here's also where the rear passenger massage and reclining seat is operated. Read editors' take
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Head-up display

The K900 is also available with a standard, full-color head-up display where speed, navigation, and safety system features can be easily viewed. Read editors' take
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