This is an object. It has been refined and refined to improve its completeness. This is the story of Kia’s’All New K7′ 2021 model.
The K7, which is large enough to not envy a large flagship sedan at all, is attractive with a smooth, abundant naturally aspirated 3.0 gasoline six-cylinder engine. After a long time, I felt like I fell in love with’Naturally Aspirated 3.0 Gasoline’ again.
The test drive is a 3.0 gasoline, 2.4 gasoline, and a hybrid, the most relaxed 3.0 naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine. Both body and mind are comfortable with a powertrain that emits a maximum output of 266 horsepower and 31.4 kg.m of torque.
In fact, most of the cars that car reporters have tested in the last two to three years have been gasoline turbo or diesel models. Models suitable for sports driving have gained strength by forcibly crumpling the exhaust gas into a cylinder with a small displacement to increase the explosive power of compressed air.
The taste of the turbo rack being slightly caught and then exploding is excellent, but it is true that the fatigue is somewhat high due to the driving method of running with constant tension. Naturally, the age range is also low.
As a result, the driving sensibility of this 2021 K7 test drive could not be so sweet. Thanks to the generous 3.0 liter naturally aspirated gasoline, and the engine structure that minimizes vibration with a six-cylinder, the sound of “can you be so comfortable” came out many times.
Driving away from the familiar turbo model and enjoying the rising power of natural aspiration after a long time is comfort itself. From start to high speed driving, it was quiet in all areas of low, medium and high speed, and there was little driving fatigue.
Owners who have experienced the noise and vibration of a direct injection engine that was not refined during the Grandeur HG and the first generation K7 can be reluctant. However, if you feel it yourself, the noise and vibration inside and outside the vehicle have been greatly reduced to the point that it is really the same engine as this one.
In addition, the 2021 K7 became quieter by increasing the thickness of the window of the car centering on the rear seats and strengthening the sound absorption and vibration inside the wheel housing surrounding the wheels. The soft suspension and the quiet movement of the six-cylinder engine were added to it, and it was an opportunity to feel again that it is the perfect fit for a family sedan.
Unlike the first-generation K7, which was targeted at the younger generation, the current model is profound and comfortable in both design and ride comfort to match the car class. The damper, which was infinitely hard, became as soft as the Granger. That doesn’t mean that your mobility has fallen.
The mobility that the driver wants to run is also excellent. It’s flawless in the acceleration zone and even the slightest movements that change direction. Normal driving is quiet, and the light driving that changes sharply while changing to the sport mode is surprisingly quick.
Behind the steering wheel, there is even a paddle shift that can steer the new 8-speed automatic transmission, so on the mountain roads, I forgot it was a large sedan and ran without stopping. I was told that the K7 continued to evolve until the 2021 model and succeeded in partial weight reduction, but I didn’t know that it could handle such natural and high power.
When entering the highway, the adaptive cruise control and the highway autonomous driving HDA are activated, and the comfort of decelerating itself in a speeding section or running at a safe distance from the vehicle in front is unmatched.
On the days when ultra-fine dust raged as the temperature rose recently, it was an opportunity to taste various advanced functions by self-cleaning the air through a high-performance filter saying “the fine dust is severe” immediately after starting the engine.
These various strengths are already working on the global stage. As of the 15th, K7 announced that it has surpassed 500,000 global sales after 11 years of launch. Since the launch of the first-generation model in November 2009, a total of 500,000,998 units (40,1152 in Korea and 98,846 overseas) have been sold in the global market until last year.
The first generation of the K7 (VG) sold until January 2016 has sold a total of 22,8585 units, including 16,4277 units in Korea and 60,408 units overseas. A total of 272,413 units were sold, including 23,6875 units in Korea and 35,538 units overseas.
Overseas, the first-generation model reached its peak in 2013 when it was first sold to the North American market under the name’Kadenza’, and recorded 17,937 units in 2017, when the second-generation entered the market in earnest.
Subsequently, sales of the K7 increased significantly with the release of the second-generation model in particular. The K7 Premier, a partially modified model for the second generation of the K7, launched in 2019, attracted attention by recording the number of pre-contracts for 8,000 units in 8 days, even though it is a model with improved marketability.
Expectations for the K7 are being gathered with the’K8′, a model name change of the 3rd generation full change to be introduced next month. It is predicting a new transformation based on the solid basic performance and high cost performance K7.