Competes with: Acura RLX, Cadillac XTS, Hyundai Equus
Looks like: A super-sized Kia Cadenza
Drivetrain: 311-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 or 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: First quarter 2014
Kia takes a big step toward offering premium vehicles with its rear-wheel-drive K900 full-size luxury sedan. The K900 has many firsts for the Kia brand, including the first V-8 engine, first use of rear-wheel drive in a sedan, first head-up display, and first rear cross-traffic alert and precollision warning systems. Kia says the K900 is the next logical progression for its brand, citing its cars such as the Optima, Sorento and Cadenza that have brought in more affluent customers.
The brand known for value-rich compact cars like the Forte may have taken two steps forward in upping its luxury game with the rear-wheel-drive K900.
Pricing for the K900 will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date of early 2014, though we suspect the jump from the Cadenza’s starting price of $35,900, including an $800 destination charge, to the K900 could be more substantial than the leap from the $22,300 Optima to the Cadenza.