Unlike Kia's SUVs, the K900 hasn't been a hit on the sales charts.
Kia has no trouble finding homes for thousands of its SUVs each month. In July alone, 7,939 units of the Sportage were sold in the US. The same can't be said for some of its sedans, most notably the bigger Kia K900 of which a mere 25 were sold in the same month this year. None of this has anything to do with the K900 being a bad car, but it's trying to steal sales from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW's 7 Series, which is an enormous task for any automaker.
Perhaps a dash of added style could swing things in the K900's future in the near future, and the two new renderings below from artist Nikita Chuyko gives us an idea of what to expect from the facelifted K900.
In front, the render displays a couple of key changes such as the reshaped headlights that are no longer separated from the grille. This particular design element has been seen already on other new Kias such as the stylish K5. The LED DRL pattern, meanwhile, is similar to that seen on the latest BMW 5 Series. A reshaped grille appears broader than before and has a slight notch on top below the Kia badge.
Along with a reshaped front bumper, it's a nicely modernized look although it still lacks the presence of the Germans. Nothing much has changed along the sides, but there are some much more notable tweaks at the back. Not only is there a new thin light bar the joins each taillight cluster, but the license plate has moved down from the trunk lid to the bumper and the shiny tailpipes have been made marginally larger in size.
It's a successful refresh that smartens up the K900, although we wouldn't go so far as to say that it dates any of its rivals. The powertrains are not expected to change, which means that the K900 will continue to utilize the familiar 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
Whether a few aesthetic enhancements are enough to sway buyers away from more premium brands is doubtful, but for people hunting for a really luxurious sedan at an excellent price, the K900 has a lot to offer. There's no official word yet on when the facelifted K900 will arrive, and if it will even borrow these cues, but we think they look good.