South Korea’s automotive onslaught continues as Kia prepares to launch its Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival.
Co-designed between Kia’s Korean development centre and US design studio in Irvine, California, the upcoming K900 has been teased again, this time taking a peek inside the Asian luxe-liner.
The flagship sedan shows generous proportions and plenty of soft leather among premium materials that takes more than a little inspiration from its German counter-parts.
A less cluttered sweeping dash design hosts a 12.3-inch widescreen floating display and full digital instrument cluster behind a timber, leather and metal steering wheel with buttons for adaptive radar cruise control and media functions.
A premium sound system is installed with metallic silver speakers in the A-pillar and the doors that are almost a dead ringer for the Burmester Hi-Fi system used by Mercedes.
Diamond stitch leather, timber veneers and metallic trims feature elsewhere and an LED lightning system provides over 64 different ambient mood configurations for calming occupants. Proximity sensors detect hand movements and illuminate the appropriate buttons when fingers pass by.
Built on the same BH-L platform that underpins Hyundai’s premium Genesis brand vehicles the K900 has only been previewed in left hand drive with no confirmation on which global markets it will reach.
Kia is tipped to fully reveal the new model in April with the possibility of an earlier debut at the New York motor show March 28.
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