Galore of teaser photos and videos over the last two weeks gave us our first peeks at the redesigned 2019 Kia K900 luxo-barge.
Now, the Korean automaker teases us once again with the first rendered sketches of what the revamped flagship will look like.
A grand departure from the tiger nose grille currently found on the Optima, Forte and Stinger, the K900 takes on a design Kia says is based on a concept called, “Gravity of Prestige,” leading to a more restrained and tasteful interpretation of the more raucous design cues of the Stinger fastback.
Kia also says the front grille’s “Quadric Pattern” features 176 “jewel-like” cells, creating an illusion of energy – whatever that means, similar to that of the spindle/Darth Vader-esque grille found on the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept. The Duplex Comet headlights are allegedly inspired by “the trajectory of light,” according to Kia.
Because the K900 is slated to go on sale in select markets in the latter half of the year, the idea of New York being the optimal place to lift the curtain – as it’s the last major auto show before the second quarter of 2018 – seemed to make perfect sense.
Earlier this week however, the automaker squashed rumors of a New York Auto Show reveal after a teaser video was released cryptically mentioning an April 2018 release date.
Since the sketches were released yesterday, Kia offers no more information related to engine specs, fuel economy or size of the flagship’s redesign. The leading theory at the moment is since the previous-gen K900 was based on the now-defunct Hyundai Equus, the new K900 will be based on the same platform as the Genesis G90.
That means the K900 could potentially come with the same standard 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 and optional 5.0-liter V8 as the G90, while also potentially offering the same rear-wheel drive drivetrain with all-wheel drive as an option.