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Kia to debut all-new K900 flagship at L.A. Auto Show

October 29, 2013|By David Undercoffler
  • Kia will debut its all-new flagship K900 sedan at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show in November.
Kia will debut its all-new flagship K900 sedan at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show… (Kia )

After dipping a toe into the luxury waters with the recent Cadenza, Kia will be jumping in headfirst at the L.A. Auto Show with its K900 flagship.

The Korean automaker announced Monday that it would be debuting the full-size luxury sedan at the 2013 show on Nov. 20. Kia was relatively mum on details for this new sedan, saying only that it would use the model to “take value to new levels of sophistication.”

Though the model will be all-new for Kia in the U.S. market, it sells the same car in foreign markets under the Quoris name. That car is loosely based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as its distant corporate cousins the Hyundai Genesis and Equus but is closer in size to the larger Equus.

Kia didn’t disclose details on the K900’s powertrain, saying only that it would come with either a V-6 or V-8 engine.

Looking around Kia and Hyundai’s parts bin, it’s likely that the V-6 will be the 3.3-liter, direct-injected unit that’s in the Kia Cadenza and several Hyundai models. In the Cadenza, it makes 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing is another unknown, but with the well-received Cadenza topping out at around $42,000, expect the K900 to pick up around the $50,000 mark and go up from there. The sedan will go on sale in 2014.


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