Kia is continuing its preview of the next-generation K900 with a sketch of the luxury sedan’s interior, which was created by its design studios in Korea and the United States. According to the Korean carmaker, the minimalist but elegant approach is said to provide the “driver and passengers with a peaceful retreat in which to spend time.”

Compared to the current-generation K900, the new interior is a major leap forward. With a good amount of wood and metal veneers, as well as genuine leather spread throughout the cabin, it certainly looks like a pretty luxurious place to be in.

Revisions to the layout are present too, with the main infotainment screen now isolated from the climate control switchgear. The former is a 12.3-inch display, which features an intelligent lighting control system that only illuminates when it detects the driver’s hand reaching for a switch on the dashboard.

Aside from the usual media and connectivity functions, the infotainment system also controls the car’s ambient lighting system, which offers 64 colours and seven themes to choose from. These can be adapted to the personal preferences of the driver, making it customisable.

Moving towards the left, we find a digital instrument cluster and a new four-spoke steering wheel design. Meanwhile, the centre console is tidier than the outgoing model, with controls for the infotainment system tucked under a more reserved gear lever. Two stowage spaces are also in close proximity, along with buttons for other vehicle functions (start/stop, sun shade, parking sensors).

The new K900 will be manufactured in Korea, and will go on sale in selected markets from the second quarter of 2018. While it is known as the K900 in the U.S., the sedan is recognised as the K9 in Korea, and Quoris in other selected markets.

It isn’t clear what engines the sedan will get, which differs from market to market. In the U.S., the outgoing K900 sold is available with either a 3.8 litre V6 or 5.0 litre V8 petrol engines. The Korean market K9 not only gets those two engines, but also a 3.3 litre V6.