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News New Kia K8 Is Ultra-Premium And Sophisticated

New Kia K8 Is Ultra-Premium And Sophisticated

Kia powers into the large midsize luxury sedan segment with the new K8


  • It will be offered with four powertrains and AWD will be available.

  • The cabin is high-tech, loaded, and luxurious.

  • It goes on sale in various global markets starting next year.


It can seem counter-intuitive to introduce a new sedan in an automotive market obsessed with SUVs. Kia is clearly not concerned as the new K8 premium sedan is loaded with impressively good looks, a remarkable array of cutting-edge technologies, and a powertrain option for all needs.

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

The base engine is Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder T-GDI engine. Next up is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder, and at the top sits two versions of the 3.5-litre V6. The gasoline version with 296 horsepower. Alternatively, it can be fed liquid propane which delivers 237 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission is included with the 2.5- and 3.5-litre engines. The latter, fueled by gasoline, can be fitted with a front-wheel-biased AWD system.

Physically, the K8 borrows familiar Kia design cues however they are uniquely tweaked for the large sedan. The cabin includes an ergonomically-advanced driver’s seat with seven air pockets to alter comfort levels. The seat is actually “smart” as when the Sport drive mode is activated, or when speeds exceed 130km/h, it adjusts various levels of support. Front seats are also heated and cooled while the rear bench a multi-functional fully-connected center armrest featuring a USB charging port.

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

As far as technology is concerned, the Kia K8 is fitted with a 12-inch digital cluster and a 12-inch infotainment system. The combined curved display is modern and serves as an access point to the included 14-speaker Meridian premium sound system. The Kia K8 is also available with a new 12-inch head-up display.

The new Kia K8 goes on sale next month, starting with the Korean market. It will replace the K7, also known as the Cadenza.

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

Kia K8 | Photo: Kia

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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