Kia debuts the 2014 Cadenza

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 17, 2013

Kia’s new top-of-the-range model – the latest version of the Cadenza sedan – will arrive this spring in showrooms as a 2014 model. This model, which is bigger than the Optima, will be arriving in the U.S. after having been offered in other markets first. The Cadenza is based on the Hyundai Azera and shares its sister model’s mechanicals. Its conservatively designed sheetmetal is the creation of Peter Schreyer, Kia’s global design director.

It comes with one engine offering, a 3.3-liter V-6, which offers 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The corporate V-6 has been partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission and drives the front wheels. Similar to the Azera, the Cadenza will be offered in just one trim level. Kia thinks of the Cadenza as its entry in the premium car segment.

Due to this, it is filled with standard equipment like leather, navigation, a backup camera, a power driver’s seat, keyless ignition, and a 550-watt 12-speaker audio system. It is available with two option packages that include features such as an oversize sunroof, heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, nineteen-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind-spot warning. Kia hasn’t revealed the pricing yet but it isn’t expected to be priced too distantly from the Hyundai Azera, which has a starting price of $33,145.

Press Release

2014 Kia Cadenza

Since its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new Kia Cadenza sedan has garnered praise for its premium feel and long list of amenities. As the most powerful and technologically-advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America, the Cadenza expands Kia's long list of award-winning vehicles while moving the brand up-market with an impressive selection of premium standard and available equipment, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Kia Cadenza is offered in one trim level, known as Premium, with a starting MSRP of $35,100, plus $800 destination and handling.

"The Cadenza's dynamic driving characteristics and advanced technology set our premium sedan apart from the competition," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "Combining our most powerful engine with a well-engineered chassis, a direct and communicative steering system and a capable multi-link rear suspension, the Cadenza promises to appeal to shoppers who want both comfort and performance from a premium-level sedan."

The Kia Cadenza offers an upscale European-influenced design aesthetic and plenty of muscle with Kia's most powerful V6. The cabin features soft touch points, tasteful chrome details and premium wood accents. All of these elements fused with an abundant roster of technology demonstrate the Kia Cadenza's ability to bring value to new levels of sophistication in the emerging market between mainstream and luxury.

In addition, Kia offers a complimentary scheduled maintenance program for the all-new 2014 Cadenza. The program covers the first five factory scheduled service appointments and is applicable for 36 months or 37,500 miles, whichever comes first. The program highlights yet another way Kia promises to further differentiate the Cadenza from its competition.

Sophisticated Features and Technology

Offered in one opulently equipped trim level, the Kia Cadenza takes in-car technology and premium features to an entirely new level. Standard features include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic™ and UVO eServices, displayed on a high resolution 8-inch touch screen. Further enhancing driver assurance is a standard back-up camera and warning system, as well as a premium 550-watt Infinity® 12-speaker audio system including rear surround speakers and subwoofer. The Kia Cadenza's standard equipment level is on par with many premium brands and boasts standard leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat and Bluetooth® wireless technology. Two option packages are offered: The Premium Package and the Technology Package.

Check the box for the Premium Package and receive a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa leather seats, a memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver's seat with seat cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort, heated front and rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column, as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

Stepping up to the Technology Package adds sleek 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and can bring the car to a full stop if necessary. The package also includes water repellant hydrophobic windshield, a radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the driver should they inadvertently veer into another lane without using the turn signal.

European Design Evokes Premium Sport-Sedan Elegance

Penned under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer, Kia's global chief of design, the Kia Cadenza's broad shoulders, contoured hood, large wheels and wide stance give it a strong and grounded appearance. The striking design has a distinctive sport-sedan form, as if the car would be equally comfortable on the Autobahn or carving through the Swiss Alps.

The aggressive "Tiger Nose" front fascia instantly speaks to Kia's brand identity. Flanking the grille are quad headlights that nestle deeply behind crystalline lenses. The lower fascia is wide, lending to the Kia Cadenza's imposing stance, and chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille add to the vehicle's premium presence. LED positioning lights and available HID headlights provide additional European sophistication.

Perhaps best enjoyed in profile, the Kia Cadenza's silhouette is at once strong and elegant. The vertical nose is imposing; the long hood is sensuously sculpted to meet the swept-back windshield. The greenhouse curves gracefully to the C-pillar and is surrounded by a tasteful chrome bezel that flares upward at the rear door, effectively creating a beautiful glass droplet. Beginning just aft of the front-door cutline is a chiseled indentation that sweeps upward, seamlessly transitioning into the tail lights. Classic chrome accents adorn the lower portions of the doors and the treatment continues into the rear fascia. The 19-inch alloy wheels offered in the Technology Package resemble a jet turbine and add to the Kia Cadenza's athletic stature.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the standard LED taillights sit high on the deck and are designed to cut across a large portion of the vehicle, lending to the Kia Cadenza's broad stance. The twin oval tail pipes accentuate the Cadenza's sporty and elegant design.

The interior of the Kia Cadenza envelops its occupants in a premium environment complete with soft leather upholstery and tasteful accents of wood and chrome. Ambient lighting and horizontally positioned switch gear radiates an uncluttered and sophisticated aesthetic. An elegant analog clock centered between the center stack buttons lends a classic feel. The center console is angled toward the driver for optimized control, and an available large seven-inch high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a wide range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and infotainment. Elegant chrome bezels surround the HVAC and audio controls, air vents and the standard push-button start. Standard Bluetooth, wood-trim door inserts, one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all enhance the Cadenza's premium image.

Engaging Driving Experience

The Kia Cadenza is equipped with Kia's most powerful V6 engine ever. The smooth-revving 3.3-liter utilizes gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology that improves performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a Sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters flanking the leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel. The GDI powerplant produces 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual continuously variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a maintenance-free timing chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. During durability testing, the engine is run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

To maximize driver engagement and performance, the Cadenza features a sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design. The Kia Cadenza rides on standard 245/45R-18 tires while 245/40R-19 tires are included with the Technology Package.

To further enhance performance and safety, while reducing NVH, 60 percent of the body structure is strengthened through the utilization of High Tensile Steel (HTS), which helps improve torsional rigidity. HTS is produced through a 1,650 degree hot-stamping process, designed to toughen steel. Further reducing the Kia Cadenza's NVH is an extensive list of noise reducing technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper on the rear cross member and specially designed wheels (the multiple fins help reduce wind noise at highway speeds).

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