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.
Taking elegance and technology and upping the ante is the spectacularly designed Kia Cadenza. It comes with standard features that include a superior navigation system that boasts SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices which are shown in high resolution with a touch screen that’s a whopping 8-inches.
If that’s not enough to impress potential drivers, then the backup camera and warning system to help with reversing and parking will. For music lovers, the 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system with surround sound and subwoofer will make your day.
From a design perspective, the equipment contained in the vehicle ensures that the Kia Cadenza is comparable to premier car brands. It has incredible plush leather seat trim and for driver comfort, rear seat ventilation and Smart Key keyless entry so that owners don’t have to go fumbling in their bags for their keys. A push button starts the car, there are a 10-way power adjustable drivers’ seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. Moreover, the car has Bluetooth wireless technology. There are two types of car package that can be purchased-- the Premium and the Technology packages.
Premium Package owners will live in luxury with a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade. Fancy Nappa leather seats and a ventilated driver’s seat provide excellent levels of comfort and heated front and rear seats ensure that all passengers travel in comfort. On the lighting front, the HID headlamps and (AFLS), 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster technology will ensure a great drive. Drivers will also love the heated steering wheel with power tilt and the power rear sunshade to make sure that every drive is a safe and comfortable one.
The Technology Package ensures that drivers have the best of Kia’s new technology in the form of 19-inch alloy wheels, ASCC (Advanced Smart Cruise Control) and a water-repellent windshield. There’s also an electric parking brake, radar-based Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and finally a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). This technology alerts drivers in the event of them changing lanes without indicating.