Kia will unveil the Kia Cadenza luxury sporty sedan at the 2009 Riyadh Motor Show in Saudi Arabia on December 12. Three days later, Kia will display the new Cadenza at the 2009 Dubai Motor Show on December 15. The Cadenza derived its name from an Italian musical term that is used to describe an elaborate, ornamental display for a concerto or aria. Thus, the name symbolizes the vehicle’s striking design philosophy as well as upscale image.
Measured at 4,965 mm, the Kia Cadenza will be replacing the Kia Opirus (Amanti is some markets). It is expected to transform the South Korean carmaker’s sales performance in the D2 segment.
The Kia Cadenza is the product of efforts by Kia's Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer and his large sedan design team in South Korea to makeover every aspect of the model -- with an aim to deliver sleek yet sporty styling, dynamic and agile performance, outstanding comfort and high-tech features.
Riding on high expectations, the new Cadenza is considered as a “big step into the future” for Kia's design. Cadenza’s design team aimed to endow the large sedan with 'stand-out' looks with modernity.
They also did not fail to incorporate Kia’s design DNA into the Cadenza, thereby ensuring that the large sedan’s looks will be a notch above future rivals. The team unveiled the KND-5 concept car at the Seoul Motor Show in April to show how revolutionary the carmaker’s new large sedan would be.
While designers retain the traditional three-box sedan shape, they transformed it into a more flowing design for an aerodynamic Cd of just 0.29. Furthermore, designers have made the treatment of light as a constant design theme. For instance, second-generation LED position lights at the front define the width of the car and the shape of the headlamps.
The combination lamp clusters at the rear feature LED position lights that, along with the dual mufflers integrated into the bumper, further enrich the new large sedan’s sporty appearance. Customers have an option to integrate a full-length three-part glass Panoramic Roof onto their Cadenzas.
Moving into the cabin, occupants would find a futuristic 'floating' dashboard that accentuates the carmaker’s new design approach. Drivers are greeted with a 'welcome' system that turns on the exterior puddle and interior light. Occupants will surely feel the warm ambience in the cabin thanks to an interior mood lighting strip that runs across the two-tier dashboard and all around the door trims.
Also, the new Cadenza features an available large mood lamp that runs down the center of the cabin ceiling. Standard features on the MY2009 Kia Cadenza include dual-zone climate control air-conditioning; keyless entry and an engine 'start' button; a reversing safety camera with interior mirror display screen; RPAS reversing sensors; and a powered extension for the driver's seat cushion.
While the Cadenza is shorter than the Opirus, it boasts of a longer wheelbase (up by 45 mm to 2,845 mm), additional exterior width and more compact rear suspension -- all ensuring a larger room for all occupants. Not only that, the Kia Cadenza will be the first Kia model to be underpinned by the carmaker’s new front-wheel drive 'Type-N' platform, which would also underpin other Kia models in the future.
Thanks to a lighter yet stronger body shell and all-new suspension systems, the Cadenza is 130 kg lighter than the previous Opirus despite it being equipped with more features. As for power, the Kia Cadenza is powered by any of the three available gasoline engines with outputs ranging from 165 PS to 290 PS. As a note, different engines would be fitted on the Cadenza on other parts of the world to comply with local legal requirements. All models will feature front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.