Kia’s lineup will soon have some major changes within the next few years as it’s rumored to have plans to update or introduce seven models between the second half of next 2012 and the first half of 2015. According to Automotive News, Kia’s major models like the Soul, Sorento, Sportage, Optima, and Forte will be given updates sometime in 2014.
The Forte sedan, which was already seen as the K3/Cerato sedan, was set to have a January debut with a Forte Koup coupe and five-door hatchback arriving a few months after. The Optima will get a mid-cycle refresh in 2014, with several visual changes coming in at the summer of 2013. The Sorento, which was intended for the US market, will follow the model for the international market.
It will get minor visual modifications as Kia puts it on top of the new Hyundai Santa Fe platform. Meanwhile, the Sportage will get a new grille and front fascia. It’s expected to enter dealerships late next summer as a 2014 model. The Soul will get several comparable chassis upgrades. Admittedly, it is due for a total redesign. Notably, the boxy hamster mobile will be riding on top of the new Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio.
The Soul’s boxy, funky aesthetic has been very successful so its appearance isn’t likely to change much. As these updates are already in process, Kia is prioritizing two new models, the Cadenza and Quoris. The Cadenza will be a front-wheel drive large sedan with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which basically makes it Kia’s version of the Hyundai Azera.
Meanwhile, the Quoris would be built on a rear-wheel-drive platform and will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s actually a lot like the Hyundai Genesis sedan. Reportedly, the Quoris will be Kia’s technological powerhouse, with more new technological features such as the blind spot information systems, lane departure warning systems, and radar-guided cruise control. The Cadenza will be a 2014 model and will come out next summer. The Quoris is predicted to debut in 2014 as a 2015 model.
Kia is taking a big leap into the future with the all-new Kia Cadenza, the luxury sports sedan that will find its way through the global market next year. The Korean automaker chose the 2009 Riyadh Motor Show in Saudi Arabia on December 12 as the venue for its world premiere and will then make a follow-up appearance at the 2009 Dubai Motor Show on the 15th.
A Cadenza is actually an Italian musical term that describes an elaborate and striking ornamental flourish that happens before the end of a concerto or aria. That said, Kia’s newest luxury sports sedan stays true to its name with its eye-catching design philosophy and upscale image that matches its dynamism. This 4,965 mm long luxury sedan will be replacing the 10-year old Opirus (also known as ‘Amanti’ in some markets) as the flag carrier of the Kia marque in the large luxury sedan segment and is also expected to turn the tides towards Kia’s favor in terms of sales in the D2 segment.
Kia Motors Corporation President Hyoung-Keun Lee expects that the Kia Candeza will be Kia’s fortune charm just based on its appearance, strong performance and posh cabin. These features will definitely become a hit to a broader consumer group and will attract new customers to try out the brand.
Every aspect of the brand’s range-topping model was redefined to showcase sporty and sleek styling while keeping it agile and dynamic in terms of performance, exceptionally comfortable and updated with the most competitive high-tech features. Leading the Korean large sedan design team and the brains behind this beauty is none other than Kia’s Chief Design Officer (CDO) Peter Schreyer.