Kia is showing off exterior photos of the all-new K8 sedan. The K8 will be the successor to the K7 sedan in global markets, also known as the Cadenza in the U.S. Despite the photos, Kia has not disclosed if the K8 will launch in the U.S.
Kia says the new K8 will launch in South Korea later this year. Hallmarking the K8 is a new design that is less about the K7 it replaces and more about incorporating Kia’s new design theme. The K8 is underscored tiger nose grille that features diamond lattice design. The lattice appearance is duplicated with standalone turn signals.
According to Kia, the overall body design is inspired by “yachts sailing across calm waters.” This is code for flowing sheetmetal that meets with wrap-around LED tail lights. The overall exterior design is arguably more dramatic than some of Kia’s other recent designs, which are high on the drama meter.
“Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core,” senior vice president and head of Kia Global Design Center Karim Habib said.
Kia has yet to release photos of the K8 interior or powertrain details. Expect to hear more about the Kia K8 in the coming months as it nears its market launch.