This is what US customers are missing out on.
With sales of full-size sedans falling, Kia has discontinued the Cadenza and K900 for the 2021 model year in the US. Looking at the sales numbers, the writing was already on the wall: Kia sold 1,265 Cadenzas in the US last year and only 305 K900s. Outside of the US, the Cadenza is badged as the K7 and is being replaced by the new K8, slotting below the flagship K9. Sadly, the Kia K8 won't be sold in the US either.
Last week, Kia gave us a first look at the new K8 luxury sedan, but many details have been kept under wraps, including the interior design. Kia still hasn't officially revealed the K8's interior yet, but leaked images shared on the Instagram page cars_secrets give us a first look inside the Korean automaker's new luxury sedan.
Dominating the K8's dashboard is a large dual-screen for the digital driver display and infotainment system spanning the width of the driver compartment. As we've seen in spy shots, upcoming models like the electric Kia EV will have an even larger display spanning almost the entire width of the dashboard, mimicking the layout of new Mercedes models like the new S-Class.
Elsewhere, the new Kia logo adorns the steering wheel, which is completely uncovered. The cabin is also lavished in high-quality wood trim and the seats are finished in brown leather with diamond-shaped stitching, giving the interior a premium look on par with Genesis models.
On the outside, the K8 adopts a stylish, elegant design befitting a flagship sedan that also showcases the Korean automaker's new design language for the first time. At the front, the K8 features a new interpretation of Kia's signature Tiger Nose grille that sports a new frameless design integrated into the front bumper. A fastback-style roof gives the K8 a sporty silhouette, while the rear features a subtle spoiler and distinctive Y-shaped taillights connected by an LED light bar.
The Kia K8 will be revealed in full later this year when we'll get to see higher quality photos of the plush cabin and learn more about the technical specifications.