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Kia isn’t known for its luxury sedans, but that might be changing soon. The automaker’s new-for-2017, second-generation Cadenza moves the bar well beyond anything previously found in its lineup. Even the range-topping K900 lacks some of the niceties found inside this BMW 5 Series competitor. Just look at that quilted leather!
I’ve been driving the 2017 Cadenza for the last week. The car has not only impressed my cynical, jaded journalist self, but also everyone who’s sat inside. Aside from the quilted bolsters, the leather seats are butter soft, not to mention heated and cooled up front. Rear passengers enjoy tons of legroom, while a padded center armrest makes elbows happy. A suede headliner frames the massive panoramic moonroof. Even the detailing around the switches and trim work is outstandingly posh. Sure, its no S-Class Maybach, but you’d be forgiven to mistake its fit and finish for a standard E-Class.
Real metal accents are placed where it counts – at high-touch areas like the gearshifter and steering wheel controls. These contrast well with the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, too. Oh, and that steering wheel is heated as well.
Now the Cadenza isn’t perfect. The piano black plastic along the center console shows the smallest specks of dust and even signs of scratches, despite the car’s young odometer reading. This might be the telltale wear point for pre-owned Cadenza shoppers. Nevertheless, the interior – as a whole – is genuinely striking. Even more so considering the price. Kia charges right at $45,000 for the range-topping Limited trim, like my tester. You’d pay $6,000 more just to have a base-trimmed 5 Series. A highly equipped Lexus ES costs nearly $49,000. So needless to say, the Kia represents value.
Of course, what the Cadenza provides in luxury, the Kia name still represents bargain vehicles. That will continue to change, just as it has over the last 15 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kia finally shake its econobox stigma by the decade’s end.
Launched in 2010 as a replacement for the highly acclaimed, yet not exactly good-looking Amanti, the Kia Cadenza opened a new chapter for the Korean automaker, as a huge step forward in the luxury, full-size market. Designed by former Audi chief designer Peter Schreyer, the Cadenza boasted attractive exterior styling, a powerful V-6 engine and more standard equipment than rival offerings from BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
The Cadenza came to the U.S. for the 2014 model year, shorty after receiving its mid-cycle facelift. Its well-equipped base model and peppy powerplant quickly made the Korean sedan one of the best deals for the buck in the American luxury market.
After only three years on the North American market, the first-generation Cadenza is being replaced by a redesigned sedan. Launched at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the new full-size four door features new styling, updated luxury features, and a more powerful V-6 engine.
Set to go on sale in late 2016, the new Cadenza aims to add “an extra dose of excitement” to the large-car segment with its striking looks and upscale features. Does it have what it takes to give the more established premium sedans a run for their money? Keep reading to find out.
Updated 03/24/2016: Kia unveiled the revised Cadenza at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Kia Cadenza.
Kia Motors released the first official renderings of the new generation Cadenza, announcing the launch of the refreshed luxury sedan next year. The 2017 Kia Cadenza slots between the Optima and the K900 both size-wise and also in terms of luxury and technology features.
As you would expect from a new Korean model, 2017 Kia Cadenza features a thoroughly updated design that bares little resemblance to the car it replaces. The new styling elements conform with the company’s ongoing design language, the main features of which include bold, aggressive headlights with distinctive LED lights in the bumper, a large tiger nose grille, muscular fenders, skirts, and pillars, and a sculpted rear-end that gives the whole thing an athletic look.
It’s a fine design overall, but as is often the case, the end result may not look just as awesome as the renderings. Technical details of the 2017 Kia Cadenza are yet to be revealed, but it will most likely get an upgraded version of the previous model’s 300 horsepower V6 engine. Since 2.0 liter turbocharged engines are currently trendy for big cars, chances are Kia will also offer a four-pot version of the Cadenza with the same powertrain they use in the Optima Turbo.
Launched in 2010 as a replacement for the highly acclaimed, yet not exactly good-looking Amanti, the Kia Cadenza opened a new chapter for the Korean automaker, as a huge step forward in the luxury, full-size market. Designed by former Audi chief designer Peter Schreyer, the Cadenza boasted attractive exterior styling, a powerful V-6 engine and more standard equipment than rival offerings from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. The Cadenza came to the U.S. for the 2014 model year, shorty after receiving its mid-cycle facelift. Its well-equipped base model and peppy powerplant quickly made the Korean sedan it one of the best deals for the buck in the American luxury market.
With the first-generation model nearing the end of its life-cycle, Kia is preparing a major overhaul that includes redesigned styling, updated luxury features and a more powerful six-banger. While the second-gen Cadenza is about one year away, the camouflaged prototype our paparazzi spotted recently in Northern Sweden signals development is well underway and that the sedan may break cover by the end of 2015. Until that happens, check out my speculative review below to find out what the new Cadenza might bring to the market.
Continue reading to find out more about the 2016 Kia Cadenza.