2022 Kia K8 Sedan Offers More Power Than Its Predecessor, Available With AWD
- on April 13, 2021
- Categories: Car Reviews
Kia recently abandoned the Cadenza/K7 nameplate for the K8 and showed us some exterior and interior images. Now, the automaker has revealed its specifications of what will be a big sedan measuring 5,015 millimeters (197.4 inches) in length.
Beyond dimensions, the new all-new Kia K8 will be more powerful than the K7 thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline mill delivering 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts). It offers six more ponies than the K7’s 3.3-liter V6. The torque has also gone up to 265 pound-feet (359 Newton-meters) – an increase of 12 lb-ft (16 Nm) compared to the defunct Cadenza. Another plus point is the availability of all-wheel-drive for the top variant.
Interestingly, the availability of the 3.5-liter V6 engine in liquid propane injection (LPI) and gasoline direct injection (GDI). The latter comes with a lower output of 237 horsepower (177 kW) and 232 lb-ft (314 Nm).
There are two other engine options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder generating 195 hp (145 kW) and 183 lb-ft (248 Nm) of torque and a smaller 1.6-liter that will be available later on.
Other changes Kia has made for the new flagship sedan are the use of MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension as well as heavier sound-deadening materials that decrease the noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels.
The 2022 Kia K8 sedan comes with a range of goodies such as ventilated seats, a 12-inch head-up display, the brand’s first Meridian sound system (with 14 speakers), and two 12-inch digital displays. Moreover, the navigation-based adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system are part of the deal.
Kia will start selling the 2022 K8 in South Korea first and ship the sedan to other parts of the world later on.