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2014 Kia K900 : Current Models

In Korea, Kia calls its flagship rear-wheel-drive sedan the K9. Figuring the name could meet derision and bewilderment in the United States -- among dog owners, anyway -- Kia considered using the car's puzzling overseas handle: Quoris, which we think is pronounced like Boris, or perhaps something with a vaguely French trill at the end. Kia split the difference with the forthcoming 2014 Kia K900.

Yet another addition to the automotive alphanumeric stew is disappointing from a company with memorable names like the Soul, Forte and Cadenza. Certainly it could have delved further into music-themed possibilities. The Kia Basso Profundo or Kia Keith Moon, perhaps?


Regardless of name, the 2014 Kia K900 promises to be a sportier edition of Hyundai's more patrician luxury sedan, the Equus. The K900 will likely offer a 3.8-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8, both joined to an eight-speed automatic transmission. And with exterior styling led by a former Audi chief designer, the K900 will be more visually distinct and aggressive than the Equus.

The K900 should also offer LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and a 360-degree-view monitor display. Many of these features could come standard and would not only reinforce Kia's priority on exceptional value, but also justify an anticipated base price between $50,000 and $70,000.


The 2014 Kia K900 is expected at U.S. dealers early next year. Check back for a full review of the K900, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice, as it becomes available.


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