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Kia debuts refreshed designs for the K900 and Optima

by Danny Zepeda | March 28, 2018March 28, 2018 10:15 am PST

Kia today announced refreshed designs for two of its marquee lines: the K900 and the Optima. The announcement, which took place at the New York International Auto Show is part of an overarching move on Kia’s part to modernize its cars.

Upon first glance, the upgraded exterior designs is the first thing that catches the attention, but Kia didn’t ignore the interior. Each carry unique concepts that make them stand apart from the competition.

2019 Kia K900

The 2019 K900 is Kia’s high end sedan. It saw the most drastic makeover, both on the exterior and interior. Kia incorporated a design concept it is calling “Gravity of Prestige.” And prestigious the K900 certainly is.

“The all-new 2019 K900 is much more than a generation redesign, as it takes on a whole new look, feel and character over its predecessor,” touted Orth Hedrick, vice president of Product Planning for Kia. “Our designers and engineers have done an extraordinary job in reimagining the K900 to fully meet the needs and desires of consumers shopping in the luxury segment.”

Some other details Kia is proud of includes the wrap-around cabin, superb ride quality and confident comfort the K900 offer and upgraded UVO luxe telematics.

Under the hood, the K900 impresses even more. Kia retrofitted it with a 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 engine – the same one found in the Stinger. The engine delivers 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It’s not an apples to apples comparison, but the Stinger does 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. Expect the same performance out of the K900.

To maximize performance, the K900 also comes with a robust cooling engine to dissipate the heat emanating from the turbo engine. This will keep the engine cool while it is put through its paces. You can take advantage of the powerful engine with the second-generation eight-speed automatic transmission.

Kia revealed the 2019 K900 will go on sale some time in the fourth quarter of 2018 but it did not get into specifics about pricing.

2019 Kia Optima

Unlike the more premium K900, the Optima’s refresh is much more scaled back but still adds a certain elegance. A few noticeable changes were made to the front fascia, with most of them coming to the bumper. The foglights have been redesign along with a slight refinement of the front grill.

Kia continued the Optima refinements with expanded ADAS tech included, upgraded UVO infotainment system, and available European-inspired red and black two-tone sport leather trimmed seats that should add a nice flair to the car. Among the ADAS tech the 2019 Optima features are Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward collision Warning System and Driver Attention Warning.

“The Optima continues to be one of our best-sellers for a good reason; its stand-out design sets it apart from other cars in the midsize segment,” relayed Hedrick. “The 2019 refresh sharpens the overall design inside and out and we are making a number of ADAS technologies standard across the entire Optima line.”

Other features the new Kia offers are spread out depending on the trim you opt for. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the differences in each trim.

  • LX: Come with standard Stinger-inspired LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and matte gray-finish grill.
  • S: New projection beam fog lamps, LED tail lights, dual exhaust, sport side sills, gloss black grill and 18-inch wheels.
  • EX: Turbocharge 178-horsepower engine with seven-speed dual clutch, 17-inch alloy wheels and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go.
  • SX (and SXL): Available Michelin tires, new LED fog lights, ambient interior lighting, sport steering, panoramic sunroof and Harman Kardon audio system.

Kia is also quite proud of the fact that the 2019 Optima will be built stateside in Georgia.

The 2019 Kia Optima will go on sale later this year in all four trims, but just like the K900, Kia stayed mum on details about pricing.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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