New 2017 Kia K900 – Release Date and Review

If you’re looking for a premium luxury sedan that won’t make you break the bank, the new 2017 Kia K900 is the closest you can get. However, you’ll have to contend with certain compromises such as lack of engineering and refinement sophistication. Some of the highlights that further its appeal includes features such as a generous warranty coverage, massive interior space, whisper-quite cabin, and an impressive feature list. Its release date will be forthcoming in early 2017.

2017 Kia K900 autoshow, front view, grille and alloy wheels, exterior

Its size befits a king, King LeBron James that is. For starters, LeBron – the Cleveland Cavalier – although would’ve preferred a Bentley, was paid up by Kia to rep the K900 and did so enthusiastically. But for the 2017 year model, Kia, it seems won’t be needing to offer quasi-regal endorsements to LeBron James anymore as he vehicle comes with all lavish equipment and features anyone looking for a large, limo-like luxury sedan would ever need.

2017 Kia K900 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

One of the strongest value proposition the Kia K900 2017 offers lurks in its price. For an MSRP starting from $50,000 – which is actually high for a nameplate such as Kia – buyers will get lots of wealth in terms of interior room and standard equipment. In fact, no other vehicle similarly equipped is offered within the neighborhood of its cost. Additionally, previous long-term tests conducted on the vehicle have revealed the 2017 Kia K900 to be exceptionally comfortable and serene.

2017 Kia K900 exterior,front view, grille and badges

Even with seemingly impressive 2017 Kia K900 specs, there are a couple of compromises that will inevitably take a toll on its appeal. Some of these include its premium price relative to its badge, its finicky infotainment controls, lack of interior refinement, and lack of an AWD option. Now you understand why getting the K900 instead of its pricier alternatives isn’t a slam dunk.

2017 Kia K900 spy photos rear view

Some of the rivals you should probably inspect include the 2017 Lexus LS 460, Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the BMW 7 Series for 2016.

2017 Kia K900 Review of Trims

2017 Kia K900 exterior, side view, alloy wheels

Three trims are available for the five-passenger 2017 Kia K900: Premium V6, Luxury V8, and Luxury V6.

2017 Kia K900 Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures

2017 Kia K900 interior, leather seats

Some of the standard equipment offered for the standard model include a hands-free power trunk lid, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, eighteen-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, LED foglights and taillights. The Kia K900 interior comes laden with automatic dual-zone climate control, driver memory settings, a 9.2” central infotainment screen, heated outboard rear seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power front seats, a 14-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, media player interface, an auxiliary audio jack, a power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated front seats.

2017 Kia K900 interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

Upgrading to the 2017 Kia K900 Luxury V6 gets you features such as a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, an upgraded gear shifter, wood interior trim, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Some of the options available for the Luxury V6 model include adaptive cruise control, surround-view parking camera, additional front rear seat adjustment, adjustable lumbar and airplane-style folding headrests, reclining rear seats, a heads-up display, an automatic emergency braking system, safety warning systems, and a simulated suede-headliner.

2017 Kia K900 auto show, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Exterior Kia K900 colors: Aurora Black Pearl, Bright Silver, and Snow White Pearl. Additional colors should be expected on its release date.

Specifications

2017 Kia K900 side view, whitecolor,headlights and alloy wheels

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 11.9 in. (119.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 8.6 in. (200.6 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.8 in. (74.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 111 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 4376 lbs.
Top Speed: 150 mph
0-60: 5,7 sec
MPG: 17/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black Pearl, Bright Silver, Snow White Pearl…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Kia K900 Engine Specs

2017 Kia K900 engine

Motivation beneath its hood is offered by a 3.8L V6 engine rated at around 311 hp and 293 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is done via the eight-speed automatic and a RWD system. The EPA estimates the fuel economy for the mill to stand at around 17/26/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Those looking for more mojo can specify the 5.0L V8 engine that comes equipped under the hood of the Luxury V8 and is capable of generating around 420 horsepower and 376 pounds-ft. of torque.

2017 Kia K900 Price & Release Date

2017 Kia K900 release date

There’ve been lots of rumors circulating in the segment lately concerning when it will go for sale. Although speculative, my crystal ball tells me the new 2017 Kia K900 will probably debut sometime in early 2017.

The 2017 Kia K900 changes should cost you an MSRP of around $49,000

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2017 Kia K900 exterior, side view, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia K900 auto show, red color, front view, heaqdlights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia K900 side view, black color, alloy wheels and taillights

2017 Kia K900 side view, white color, alloy wheels

2017 Kia K900 silver color, side view, alloy wheels, headlights

2017 Kia K900 front angle, grille and headlights

2017 Kia K900 auto show, side view, red color

2017 Kia K900 exterior, rear view, taillights

2017 Kia K900 front view, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Kia K900 interior, gear shift knob

2017 Kia K900 interior, leather back seats

2017 Kia K900 trunk

2016 Kia Forte Release Date and Review

2016 Kia Forte Release Date, Interior, Specs, Price, Review – With the release of the new 2016 Kia Fort vehicle drivers get a lot of exterior comfortness and some immense curb comfort specs. But the lack of a high interior luxury package and some advanced safety features keep it from becoming a much highly priced vehicle. But even with the said shortcoming it does not mean that the Forte is a bad vehicle just that there is some room for it to grow in the future.

2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte maybe best compared with its larger sibling, which is the Kia Optima, but it only borrows a certain level of features from it. Instead the Forte carries on with its own style and sense of craftsmanship. Its styling finesse is combined with its great nimble driving ability and personality. It also adds a very value minded set of amenities and accessories to it.

2016 Kia Forte rear angle, grille and headlights

The 2016 makes a lot of sense from the style and value perspective, but it lacks to fulfill the needed standard and the level of the current safety requirements. Its features are a bit out of date and can be replaced with something that all of the modern cars today come as a standard. With the new car on the way after this one we assume that all of that has been checked and resolved and that we will be able to see a new and safer Forte, but for now check the review to see what you can expect from the latest product coming from Kia.

2016 Kia Forte rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2016 Kia Forte exterior

A few model years ago, Kia decided to make its Forte look a bit sporty. They have managed to redesign by incorporating an elongated roofline and a longer and much more arched profile. The sheetmetal was much more sculptured and it resulted with the Forte getting some very nice and very appealing sports looks. This design has been retained since then and transfers to the 2016 model of the Forte. This is one of the strengths of the vehicle and something that will be a major addition to the future models to come as well. The Forte also offers the Koup two door version and also a five-door hatchback. But the standard version is something that is adapted to the styling and the dimensions well and what is also the best level of the car available now.

2016 Kia Forte front
2016 Kia Forte front

The rake of the front end of the Kia Forte is sports-like while the roofline gracefully arcs over the car and has a stubby, vertical trim piece placed at the back as well. The sideglass kind of a dips of the side view mirror, which is a common design feature at the hatch vehicle which have a modern design. There is also a thin slip of chrome that surrounds the otherwise narrow behind of the car and is a good element but it does not bring anything special as the additions on the front of the car do. Nevertheless, the bottom line is that you get a completely new and handsome design of the car for the upcoming model year.

2016 Kia Forte back
2016 Kia Forte back

Interior

Inside the car continues with a straightforward design which makes the 2016 Kia Forte adopt a look that is seen in some of the top sport sedan design. The inside has a split console design which cuts down from the bulky center stack. The bank of the controls now features some better materials as it uses some better plastic and finishes it off with a metallic trim.

2016 Kia Forte interior
2016 Kia Forte interior

The entire cockpit incorporates some high-grade plastics and combine it with large analogue gauges. The design of the climate-control knobs and covered console storage with the sturdy and rounded elements accounts for the better part of the inside and design of the car. The layout is pretty much clean and easy to use and it does not cause any confusion that way and the infotainment features blend with these characteristics to result with a pretty much upscale look of the inside.

2016 Kia Forte leather seats ans steering wheel

Engine

There are two engine options available inside the Kia Forte car now. The 2016 models offer you a choice between the 1.8-liter, for the LX trim, and 2.0-liter four option, available for the EX models. The former engine has the capacity of making 145-horsepower while the performance of the later engine is measured at 173-hp. The second engine option is a far better choice of you ask us as it provides a much more confident performance and some relaxed tuning abilities. Both types get a front-wheel drive system and both use the  six-speed automatic transmission, but the EX model makes much better use of them and provides better specs and performances. Currently only the EPA ratings for the 1.8 liter engine are available and they amount to 26 mpg city, 39 highway, or 31 mpg combined.

2016 Kia Forte engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 11.5 in. (179.5 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 96.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.9 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 2804 lbs.
Top Speed: 134 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
MPG: 26/39 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black, Clear White, Crimson Red, Silky Silver, Steel Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price and release date

The 2016 Kia Forte can be labeled as one of the more suitable and affordable car options as its base MSRP price amounts to only 15,900 dollars for the LX, the EX is on the other hand priced 19,990. The car gets to be released next year with a released date set in February. The segment is already filled with a variety of upscale models that may pose to be a more famous threat, as the cars that the Forte competes against are the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla.

2016 Kia Forte exterior, side view

2016 Kia Rio Release Date and Review

2016 Kia Rio Release Date, MSRP Price, Specs, Colors – The Kia Rio vehicle has been launched for the first time back in 2001 as a legit alternative vehicle for the Japanese equivalents which are much pricier. The Rio is still in its second generation form and as we are not getting the next gen car pretty soon, Kia deemed it fit that a light mid-life refresh was in order. Thus we get a 2016 Kia Rio which will arrive in dealerships any time soon.

2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio

The latest vehicle from Kia was showcased at the Paris Auto Show last year and gave us a glimpse on what to expect of the forthcoming car. Now when its release date gets nearer and nearer it was fit to make a review and tell you what to expect from the coming Rio car. The car comes in both hatchback and sedan forms now, with the sedan version being a bit more updated to match the characteristics of the hatch which was changed already before.

2016 Kia Rio SX rear view, taillights and tailpipe

The refresh was necessary for a whole other reason as well. The 2014 sales year measured a large drop in sales of the Rio vehicle, so much that the competition that is the Nissn Versa, Chevy Sonic or Ford Fiesta vehicles took the primes spots in this segment and did not allow the Rio to make it back in any way. Thus this updated will determine if the Rio is fit enough to swim with the big fishes and everyone is hoping that it will at least raise some sales at first.

2016 Kia Rio exterior, side angle, red color, alloy wheels

2016 Kia Rio exterior

2016 Kia Rio front view, yellow color, headlights and alloy wheels

There was a large updated added to the design of the new 2016 Kia Rio exterior. It now incorporates some changes done to the front and rear fascia that provide the car with a lower and much wider and thus a great sporty look. Up front you will notice the same but much thinner tiger grille added which also pushes the headlights a bit inward. There are some new fog lights added while the surrounds have been complete revised. The lower valance is larger and straighter than the one seen in the 2015 model which also adds to the enhanced and lower and wider look of the new Kia Rio.

2016 Kia Rio front
2016 Kia Rio front

The back side was unfortunately not refreshed that much as the front, but it does not matter as it looks great like this for the newest design. What was added were the new reflectors which have been placed closer to the outer side of the bumpers. This also enhances the look of the car a bit and helps the spread the winded image a bit. Other changes about the exterior are concerned with the colors. The car now receives the Urban Blue and Digital Yellow and two new color options for the 2016 model year. We assume that these changes will be enough to make the car a lot more attractive and also provide it with a needed boost in sales.

2016 Kia Rio back
2016 Kia Rio back

Interior

There are some adequate changes on the interior of the 2016 Kia Rio. The main change means using the more high-density foam within the A-pillars and the B-pillars which actually results in reducing the NVH. The previous design of the cabin made the Rio already a car with a pretty quiet inside and the added changes for the 2016 will only add to this and make things even better. The added materials make the vehicle get a higher-grade feel compared to before and give a much better atmosphere like this. The incorporated changes include the piano-black center console and the satin-finish bezels around the air vents.

2016 Kia Rio interior
2016 Kia Rio interior

If you decide to go with the Designer Package, available in the EX models, you will get a two-tone color scheme cabin, black cloth seats with leatherette trim and grey stitching. The LX base models comes with a lot of gadgets and amenities as standard, which include electric power steering, SiriusXM capabilities, air conditioning,  a six-way manual driver’s seat,, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB port and more. On the other hand the LX model is available with cruise with steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows, keyless entry and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Finally the SX models have steering column-mounted paddle shifters, a backup camera,, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seating, upgraded-for-2016 navigation system,  a standard power sunroof and push-button start.

2016 Kia Rio interior, leather seats and back seats

Engine

The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine makes a comeback for the 2016 model year under the hood of the Kia Rio car. This setup is good enough for producing 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,850. The six-speed manual transmission comes as standard which pushes the power to the front wheels of the car. Optionally available is the six-speed automatic additionally. The fuel economy numbers have not been officially announced but since this is the same engine as before they are most likely to measure to 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined.

2016 Kia Rio engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 5.2 in. (101.2 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 4 in. (172 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 7.7 in. (67.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 88.4 ft³
Cargo volume: 13.7 ft³
Curb weight: 2656 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: N/A sec
MPG: 27/38 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bright Silver, Clear White, Digital Yellow, Urban Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Price and release date

The newly acclaimed 2016 Kia Rio comes at quite an attainable price of $13,990 as a base MSRP pricing. The EX model is available for $16,990, while the SX can be yours for just $18,090. The release date of the vehicle is set for next April and marks the date when the Rio becomes available at your closest dealerships.

2016 Kia Rio Release date

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