Kia's full-size sedan, the Cadenza, is now on its second-generation after Kia unveiled it at this year's New York International Auto Show. First revealed late last year with official images, the 2017 Cadenza features, lighter and more rigid chassis, sharper exterior finish, quieter interior and a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
"The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking, aggressively handsome looks and premium refinements. Everything you see and touch in the Cadenza’s cabin has been improved, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.
Underpinning the 2017 Cadenza is a new platform that is comprised of more than 50% of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). Other chassis components make use of aluminum, allowing for a lighter and more rigid platform.
Starting from the outside, the front fascia carries the signature tiger-nose grill that now features a hexagonal shape. It is then paired to sleek headlights that have Z-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs). Moving towards the side, the 2017 Cadenza is available in newly designed 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin tires. The rear, on the other hand, has what Kia calls 'piano taillights'. It has LED illumination and also carries the Z-shaped design from the front DRLs. A chrome fixture on the trunk provide additional décor for the Cadenza.
Official body dimensions have not yet been released but Kia did claim that it still measures 4,965mm long albeit having a slightly longer wheelbase. It is however, wider and shorter in height.
Inside, the dashboard has a cockpit-inspired design while soft-touch leather upholster the seats and door panels. Other features aboard the 2017 Cadenza include: multi-information display, multifunction steering wheel, electronic parking brake, paddle shifters, touchscreen infotainment, automatic climate control, hands-free calling, cruise control, heated seats and heads-up display.
The 2017 Cadenza also benefits from improved sound deadening. Acoustic absorbing material has been applied on the front side windows and windshield to reduce wind noise while a full floorpan lessens road noise. The insulated A-pillars also deliver a 'library-quiet interior' as claimed by Kia.
Under the hood, the 2017 Cadenza is driven by a 3.3-liter V6 that puts out an estimated 294 PS. It is then connected to a newly-developed 8-speed automatic gearbox that powers the front wheels. Kia claims that the 8-speed unit is lighter than the outgoing 6-speed automatic, even with the two extra cogs.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza will be available in US dealerships by the end of year.