You don’t always hear much about the Kia Cadenza, but that could change with the next generation that just debuted at the New York Auto Show. The all-new 2017 Cadenza gets more hip in the style department, a stiffer platform and improved power and efficiency.
It’s the sedan’s first overhaul change since the first generation Cadenza went on sale in the U.S. in 2013. The new model doesn’t just get major styling tweaks, it’s also a completely different vehicle underneath the skin. Its body is made of more than 50 percent high-strength steel, double that of the original Cadenza. Kia also used lighter aluminum parts to cut down weight, along with reengineering subframes and dampers. An upgraded electromechanical power steering system that now features a 32-bit control unit in place of a 16-bit processor.
The changes don’t stop there. A 3.3-liter V6 sits under the hood and delivers an estimated 290 horsepower. It’s paired to Kia’s first eight-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive car. (The current Cadenza has a six-speed.)
The overall design changes reflect the “simplicity of straight lines”. This explains the more streamlined look with lots of drawn back horizontal lines and a smooth grounded feel. The headlights, that were streamlined before, are now more aggressive and consist of only four lines connecting at sharp angles.
To accent the overall more angular lines are distinctive ‘Zs’ in the headlamps and LED taillights. The former gate like grille gets tossed on the upper trims for one with simple vertical blades. All models keep Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille shape.
The model is the same length as the first generation, but it is wider and lower. The wider cabin is highlighted with a wraparound dash the leads to the premium stitched door panels. Seat heaters are even improved for a more even distribution of heat. Sweet for those cold winter days.
Look for pricing details closer to the sale date later this year.
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