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PostHeaderIcon Kia Cadenza Obsidian

2017 Kia Cadenza Obsidian Concept

For the 2017 SEMA Show, Kia teamed up with iconic custom car builder West Coast Customs for two unique versions of its existing production models. One is based on the awesome Stinger GT, which will arrive in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, while the second one is based on the Cadenza, the company’s second-largest offering in North America. Called the Cadenza Obsidian, the concept car brings together features usually found on luxury cars and flashy color accents that define most aftermarket builds.

In typical West Coast Customs fashion, the Cadenza gained a custom paint job with contrasting highlights and a new set of wheels. Inside, the sedan became a tad more luxurious thanks to soft leather and hand-stitched suede. To top it off, the tuning firm added dark window tint and a lowered suspension for a gangster look. It definitely looks like something Kia should put into production in limited numbers, but I don’t think it’s going to happen very soon. But keep reading to see what makes the Cadenza Obsidian a cool sedan.

What makes the Kia Cadenza Obsidian special

  • Custom metallic black paint
  • Cosmic Copper accents
  • Bespoke 20-inch wheels
  • Dark window tint
  • Hand-stitched suede dashboard
  • Leather seats with suede inserts
  • Suede door panels
  • Premium sound system with booming subwoofer
  • Lowered suspension
  • Stiffened sport springs

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“The black paint doesn't make the car stand out as much, but the copper accents do the job well”

A quick look at the car’s exterior is enough to notice that we’re not dealing with a regular Cadenza. Sure, the custom metallic black paint doesn’t stand out as much as West Coast Customs would want, but the copper accents do the job well. Up front, the gold-like color adorns the “tiger nose” grille and extends under the headlamps to complement the lower LED stripes. The foglamp trim in the bumper is finished in the same color for a proper contrast.

More Cosmic Copper highlights can be seen on the sides, as both the window trim and the door handles are painted in this flashy hue. Same goes for the side skirt insert, while the custom 20-inch, gloss-black Keen wheels have similar detailing on each spoke. The ultra-dark ceramic window tint makes the copper trim stand out even more while keeping the cabin out of sight. Around back, there’s gold detailing on the trunk lid and above the taillights and on the exhaust pipes.


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“The cabin was upgraded with soft leather, suede inserts, and a premium sound system”

Inside the cabin, the sedan was upgraded to a hand-stitched suede dashboard top panel and brown leather seats with suede inserts. Matching brown suede was used on the door panels for a consistent look. West Coast Customs also added a Harmon Kardon 630-watt premium sound system and a booming integrated subwoofer. This one’s for the audiophiles!

The drivetrain carries over from the production model, so power is probably supplied by the 3.3-liter V-6 engine rated at 290 horsepower. There is a lowered suspension with stiffened sport springs under the skin, but no other performance features have been added. But, given the fact that the Cadenza is by no means a sporty sedan by default, it’s a good setup for a show car.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Kia Cadenza Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Mark

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The new 2017 Kia Cadenza, one of he best choices in the affordable semi-luxury sedan segment, has been through the safety evaluation by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and as it turns out it has passed it with flying colors. The Korean car was awarded Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+).

That is the highest mark one can hope for, although, we have to mention, the TSP+ 2017 Kia Cadenza was equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. So if you are getting one of these, make sure it is the to-of-the-line, fully-loaded model.

In order to get the Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) 2017 Kia Cadenza had to earn “good” rating in five crashworthiness tests including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints. It also had to earn “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” headlight rating. To do that the Cadenza relied on Kia’s first application of Smart Blind Spot Detection System, as well as Advanced Smart Cruise Control, a Forward Collision Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and a Lane Departure Warning System. Again, most of these are optional extras, but you do get the strong foundation with a body structure composed of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) as standard.

The post 2017 Kia Cadenza Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Mark appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon The 2017 Kia Cadenza is Impressively Swanky

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.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Cadenza

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.

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PostHeaderIcon First Look: 2017 Kia Cadenza

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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.

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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.

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The post First Look: 2017 Kia Cadenza appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Cadenza

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.

Kia Cadenza originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 2 March 2015 18:00 EST.

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