Second-generation Kia Cadenza gets a major makeover
Kia's contender in the E-segment gets a major redesign after the automaker revealed the second-generation Cadenza. Billed as a 2017 model, the all-new Cadenza gets a more sophisticated exterior design along with a more rigid body structure and powertrain enhancements.
Benefiting from a new chassis, Kia stated that the 2017 Cadenza's body structure is composed of more than 50-percent of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). The side body panels have increased tensile strength while increased use of structural adhesive and hot-stamp components meant that structural stiffness has been improved by 35-percent.
Also providing better NVH deadening are the larger bushings for the front and rear subframes, aluminum steering knuckles and the Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) shock absorbers.
According to Kia, the new Cadenza drew inspiration from the simplicity of a straight line which was thought up by the company's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. Up front, the Cadenza gets a new front fascia and now features the brand's signature 'tiger-nose' grill.
From here, the sleek profile of the car was made and with its Z-shaped lighting including the piano key taillights. Also, the new Cadenza is the only model available from Kia that will be available with two different grilles. The lower trimmodel comes with the diamond butterfly front grille while the higher trim model comes with the intaglio grille.
Its interior was reworked as well with the use of higher quality materials than the previous model. Seat warmers have been upgraded for a more evenly distributed warmth. The Surround View Monitor also gets an update, giving the driver a clearer bird's-eye view of his vehicle.
Also, the 2017 Cadenza has been made longer and wider, while its height has been slightly lowered, giving more legroom and providing comfort for both its driver and passengers. The latest generation of Kia's UVO infotainment system makes its way in the 2016 Cadezna. It comes with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto as standard while the 12-speaker 630-watt audio system featuring music restoration technology is an option however. Lastly, Nappa leather trim was used for the seats with an accent of diamond-shaped stitching.
Aside from all these revisions, the 2017 Cadenza comes with new technology. The upcoming model is the first to come with a Smart Blind Spot Detection System. It also features a Head Up Display that shows the driver information such as speed and navigation placed on its windshield directly in the driver's line of sight. And to further help the driver when he is reversing, a newly reverse guideline was added. The new Smart Trunk Feature helps in opening the compartment.
In terms of performance, Kia claimed that they were able to make the V6 engine more fuel efficient while at the same time deliver improved power delivery. It generates 294 PS and 343 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a newly-developed 8-speed automatic gearbox. Compared to the outgoing 6-speed, Kia stated that the new gearbox will is lighter and will deliver quicker gear changes.
By 2017, buyers can be given an opportunity in customizing their Cadenza's seat into a dark brown leather. Also, the White Package will remain available added with a new black wood grain style.