Now that is a nostril.


Kia is present process a renaissance of types, heralded by a brand new brand, streamlined alphanumeric mannequin names, a concentrate on electrification and crazier designs than ever earlier than. The primary manufacturing mannequin to put on the redesigned emblem and contemporary design language is the brand new K8 sedan, which replaces the Cadenza within the lineup. Sadly, the K8 will not come to the US, however that does not imply we will not nonetheless ogle over it.

Making its debut Tuesday, the K8 is about an inch longer than the outgoing Cadenza, which was referred to as K7 in different nations, however no different dimensions had been introduced. Kia is positioning the K8 each as extra of a premium providing and extra of a sports activities sedan than the Cadenza, which is seemingly bolstered by the identify change.

The K8 continues Kia’s streak of putting designs.


The very first thing you discover in regards to the K8 is not the brand new Kia brand, however the large “tiger nostril” grille that sits beneath it. The grille is frameless so it looks like an built-in a part of the bumper, and it options an intricate diamond sample that is echoed by the LED flip alerts beneath the headlights. It is extraordinarily distinctive, and not likely like every other Kia at present on sale. The brand new grille additionally looks like it might simply be translated onto electrical automobiles by closing off a few of the diamond components, which we’re positive is by design.

Like the K5, the K8 has a fastback profile however a conventional sedan trunk, with Kia proclaiming that conventional sedans are being reinterpreted as fastback passenger automobiles. The K8’s sides are sleekly surfaced and largely unadorned, and Kia says the principle character line is impressed by “yachts crusing throughout calm waters.” There is a unusual finlike trim ingredient within the rear home windows, and a chrome strip within the decrease doorways kicks as much as meet a strip within the quarter panel flowing off the taillights.

Get able to see these taillights on future Kias.


Our favourite a part of the K8 is the rear finish, which encompasses a fabulous ducktail-esque spoiler built-in with the trunk lid above a skinny, horizontal taillight strip. The LED taillights cut up off into two spears to type a Y form and have jewellike patterns, and there is a pair of rectangular chrome exhaust ideas. The angular look is absolutely profitable, and you’ll anticipate to see related taillight shapes on Kia’s upcoming crossover EV.

Kia did not launch any inside images of the K8, simply saying that it has a “easy, ergonomic, first-class” inside that is extra fashionable and tech-filled than that of the K7. No data on powertrains or chassis enhancements was launched both. The K8 will launch in South Korea and different markets later this 12 months, and the model is ready to trickle out extra data earlier than then.