The Kia K8 is the South Korean automaker’s latest full-size sedan that’s set to go on sale in select global markets from next month, starting in South Korea. Notably, it’s one of the first Kia models to feature the new logo, plus, it also delivers a complete package that establishes new quality benchmarks.
Starting with the exterior, the all-new Kia K8 sports a fastback-inspired design which gives the full-size sedan that sporty appeal. Its front fascia appears to be intricately laid out, complemented by the large tiger-nose grille, the diamond patterned lights, and the unified taillights. The body appears to be well-sculpted as well, all thanks to its impeccably positioned character lines that boost the overall aesthetics of the K8.
Stepping inside the all-new, full-size sedan, the Kia K8 offers drivers and passengers that luxurious experience, all thanks to its well-appointed, premium cabin. Fit and finish appears to be quite impressive. The two-tone color scheme heightens the overall presentation of the cabin. What is even more remarkable, though, is that the K8’s steering wheel is a bit reminiscent of the one found on the Genesis V80.
Notable convenience features include the digital gauge cluster and infotainment system, both measuring 12-inches and seamlessly integrated into one panel. Besides this, the K8 also comes with a 14-speaker Meridian sound system and an advanced driver's seat known as the 'Ergo Motion Seat' (EMS), which adjusts automatically for the most comfortable and engaging seating position.
Like other global Kia models, this full-size sedan also benefits from a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that includes features like intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA), forward collision avoidance (FCA), navigation-based smart cruise control (NSCC), surround-view monitor (SVM), and remote smart parking assistance (RSPA).
As for engine options, the Kia K8 could come with a 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain that produces 296 hp and 359 Nm of torque, and a 2.5-liter GDI engine that churns out 195 hp and 248 Nm of torque. As per the brand, a 1.6-liter T-GDI inline-four will be available from the first half of this year. The said engines can be paired with an 8-speed automatic, plus, an all-wheel drive (AWD) option is also available for the full-size sedan.
While we’re still a bit uncertain that the K8 could possibly expand the Philippine lineup, the all-new full-size sedan is perhaps, giving us a proper sneak peek of Kia’s plans and vision for its upcoming models.