In November, Kia gave us a glimpse of the next-generation Cadenza. While the teaser was simply just a couple of sketches hinting at things to come, they did offer a very good idea of what the Korean company's large sedan would look like. Well, the wait is finally over.
The carmaker has finally revealed the second-generation Kia Cadenza at the ongoing New York International Auto Show. As previously seen from the drawings, the car boasts a new interpretation of the tiger-nose grille. The hexagonal shape helps emphasize the car’s wider stance, conveying an overall impression of power. A unique trait of the new Cadenza is the availability of a choice between two distinct types of grilles. The lower-spec models will come with a Diamond Butterfly grille with its concave shape, while higher-grade variants get the Intaglio grille with vertically faceted blades.
Either way, each of the two grilles is flanked by striking headlights with a Z-shaped orientation. These are matched by character lines that run the length of the car and extend all the way to the taillights. The elegant yet sporty lines are further accentuated by chrome on various parts of the body.
The interior projects the same commanding presence as the exterior. In this case, however, it does so via high-quality surfaces and materials used throughout the cabin. The wraparound dash, for instance, features real stitching for the impression of true attention to detail. A lot of soft-touch materials adorn the inside, while nappa leather with diamond-shaped stitching adds a touch of elegance. Buyers can choose from a total of four color shades to customize the cabin.
The premium feel is further enhanced by a lighter structure that is around 50% stiffer. The use of aluminum and tech goodies like Amplitude Selective Damping and Hydraulic Rebound Stoppers helps provide a smoother ride. This is backed up by a suite of safety systems under Kia’s new Drive Wise sub-brand. These consist of features like Forward Collision Warning, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Smart Blind Spot Detection that automatically step in when danger is detected.
The new Cadenza will be powered by a retuned 3.3-liter V6 motor that puts out 290hp. It will be mated to Kia’s very first eight-speed automatic gearbox drving the front wheels. With this setup, it really looks like Kia is dead serious about duking it out with the big boys.
This Kia sedan has luxury written all over it. We just hope it can make its way over to our market soon.