It's properly premium.
Earlier this year, Kia announced that the Cadenza and K900 would be discontinued due to poor sales figures, with only 305 K900s selling in the US in all of 2020. The brand admitted that bringing the Kia K900, which shares its underpinnings with the Genesis G80, was an experiment (which clearly failed).
Although the K900 is extinct in the US, Kia still believes in this car. Back in May, we reported on the unveiling of the new K900, which is offered as the 2022 K9 in Korea. The unveiling of the new car was more of a styling preview since we only got to see a handful of pictures, but Kia has since released more information, including pictures of the new interior.
As with the exterior, which saw significant changes like resculpted LED headlights and a larger grille, the interior of the new K9 also looks very different. Firstly, Kia has upped the levels of luxury by adding sound-insulating glass, new Sycamore and Oveche wood trim, more refined upholstery options, including quilted seat patterns, and even a right-rear VIP seat that extends to first-class levels.
In terms of tech, a lot of changes take place: the old 12.3-inch is replaced by a mega 14.5-inch setup which is shared with certain 2022 Genesis models. The K9 also gets a fingerprint authentication system with multiple personalized profiles for the seat, mirror, and infotainment memory.
Over-the-air updates will be supported on the K9 and will continuously improve on infotainment and the head-up display. New advanced driver-assist tech includes a predictive gear-shift system that uses navigation to predict when and how often to shift, as well as highway driving assist, forward collision avoidance assist, and rear parking collision prevention assist.
The 2022 Kia K9 will go on sale on June 3 and will cost between $51,000 and $68,300, converted from South Korean won.