According to the image you can see above, Kia is already working on the mid-cycle facelift for the Kia K900 (also known as K9) flagship luxury sedan. Despite was launched 2 years ago, the picture showed a K9 under camouflage caught in a street in South Korea. Apparently the design is the same so we could be in front of an early prototype.
The second generation K9 (codenamed as RJ) is already available with two V6 gasoline engines, 3.3 Turbo GDi and 3.8 GDi with 370 and 315 hp respectively. It is also still available with the 5.0 V8 Tau gasoline engine, that delivers 425 hp (depending on the market). The second gen Kia K900 have suffered low sales around the world. During 2019 only 240 K900 were sold in the US-market.
As these are the very first spy pictures of the Kia K900 facelift, we cannot say to much about what changes will have, if will have the same treatment as Hyundai did with the Santa Fe or Grandeur or instead that will receive a mild facelift like the Stinger. Kia could take advantage of this facelift and include the 3rd gen platform and include Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants.
It is pretty difficult to see what’s under the heavy camouflage, but apparently there are no changes in the front bumper (we can see the same grille or headlights), and we don’t have any picture of the rear.
The Kia K900 facelift should receive latest safety pack, as well as new IT system and latest technologies we already have seen in models like G80. It is still unknown if will receive any engine updates.
Kia recently launched the 2021 K9 trim in South Korea, with several updates and a higher quality interior, while in the United States only a 3.3 Twin Turbo and single trim are available. higher quality interior.