It has been nearly three years since Kia revealed the all-new Cadenza executive sedan. Billed as a 2017 model year, the E-segment fighter from the Korean brand is perhaps one of their most stylish and high-tech four-doors to date.
Now, Kia has just revealed the refreshed version of the Cadenza in its home market. Called the K7 in Korea, the swooping sedan has received a subtle makeover inside and out, along with several high-tech upgrades.
Let's start by taking a look at its sleek exterior. While it may not look like much, the Caden..I mean K7, now has a bolder-looking design. For 2020, the K7 features a larger tiger-nose grill, along with a sleeker set of headlights. The front bumper has also received a redesign as it now comes with faux corner air intakes with metallic accents, and reshaped foglights.
But perhaps one of the most noticeable change on the K7 can be seen at the rear. The rear lights now carry the signature 'Z' motif and are now predominantly finished in red. They also appear to be narrower than before, and is complemented by a center trim piece which meets at the center of the trunklid. Finally, the K7 comes with a different rear bumper, a thick chrome trim piece, and new exhaust pipe finishers.
Step inside and the K7 greets passengers with a myriad of digital displays. Replacing the traditional analog gauges is a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument panel. Besides showing the tachometer, speedometer and multi-info display, the screen is also capable of monitoring the car's rear for added visibility.
Placed at the center is a big touchscreen infotainment system which also measures 12.3-inches. It hosts several in-car features like navigation, smartphone mirroring, as well as media connectivity. And since it's a lot bigger, Kia replaced the central aircon vents just below the infotainment display. Also getting a slight makeover are HVAC controls which now come with a digital display. Topping everything off is a slightly redesigned center console which now has a revised gear selector.
Available engines for the Korean-spec K7 include a 2.5-liter inline-four and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Exact output ratings of each engine were not mentioned although Kia did say both benefit from direct injection. There's also a hybrid version available but like the two previous engines, horsepower and torque ratings were not revealed.
With the Korean market the first to receive the refreshed Cadenza. It'll be awhile before it reaches other global markets. But should it arrive in other markets in the future, perhaps the Philippines can have a chance of getting Kia's stylish executive sedan.