Kia has released first official photos of the new flagship K8 sedan wearing the South Korean brand’s new logo and a strikingly impressive design language. The new K8 sedan which comes as a replacement of K7/ Cadenza will go on sale in its home market South Korea later this year followed by other international markets thereafter. This is an all-new car in Kia’s lineup as the K8 name has never been used by the automaker before.
As for the design, Kia says it is inspired from ‘yachts’ sailing across the calm waters. Up front there is Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille which comes frameless boasting a new diamond-lattice pattern and is integrated within the bumper to get a clean yet expansive look. The diamond-lattice design motifs can also be found on the bumper which along with slim headlamps which according to Kia ‘resembles a star cloud’ gives a very unique and stylish appearance to the fascia.
The side profile boasts a dynamic character line that runs the length of the K8 sedan whereas the sloping roof line blends in to the boot lid in a very elegant way. Plus there are distinctive fins on the rear quarter window dressed in a metallic finish with the same diamond lattice work. The rear end is harmonized with the new breed of Kia sedans such as the new K5 with slim LED tail lights running across the width of the sharply styled boot lid, ending in a boomerang shape at either ends.
The K8 is quite a big sedan as far as dimensions are concerned. It measures 5,015mm in length, which is even more than Honda Accord (4,882mm) & Toyota Camry (4,880mm) and 19mm longer than its predecessor the K7/ Cadenza.
At this stage Kia hasn’t revealed the interior or the powertrain options available with the K8 sedan, however according to the company the K8 will get modern, premium quality interior and dynamic performance. A mix of petrol, diesel and hybrid options is expected to be offered with Kia’s new flagship sedan. More details on the Kia K8 to be shared as & when available, stay tuned.
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