For the upcoming model, Kia’s engineers aim to have it get an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Passenger safety is being taken care of by nine airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, as well as innovative driver assistance features like the Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.
It also comes with the Smart Blind Spot Detection System that could detect inadvertent drifting toward an adjacent vehicle and then applies brake to the opposite side front wheel to help the driver maintain the Cadenza’s intended course.
Furthermore, Kia has made the Cadenza’s side body panels much stronger thanks to the increased use of tensile strength steel. Structural stiffness is now 30-percent higher than the outgoing model, as Kia used more structural adhesive and hot-stamped components.
Interestingly, the vehicle’s overall chassis is now lighter, as Kia replaced steel with aluminum on certain areas like the front steering knuckles. Moreover, Kia engineers have retuned its front and rear subframes with larger bushings in order to enhance its lateral stiffness and to improve its NVH attributes.
Thanks to Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) shock absorbers, ride comfort in the Cadenza has been improved without having to compromise stability. Moreover, the damper now features an extra valve that delivers the appropriate damping force depending on the road surface. Additionally, the Cadenza comes with new shock absorber with a Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS) that offers a smoother ride even when the vehicle is driven on harsh or broken surfaces.
Since the suspension has been retuned to enhance the vehicle’s lift coefficient, the Cadenza remains stable and easy to handle even when running at high speeds. Responsive steering has also been improved, thanks to a new 32-bit Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that replaced the 16-bit processor in the 2016 model.
On the other hand, NVH characteristics of the new 2017 Cadenza have been boosted by the additional acoustic absorbing laminate in the front windows and windshield as well as a full floorpan undercover. Moreover, insulation around the A-pillars has been increased to make the interior as quiet as possible with the floorpan undercover helping improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
Front wheel air curtains also help reduce drag around the tires. Overall, Kia managed to boost the Cadenza’s coefficient of drag from 0.29 to 0.28. Accentuating the side of the 2017 Kia Cadenza are 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in the available Michelin2 tires in sizes P245/45R18 or P245/40R19.
Providing the stopping power for the Cadenza are larger brake rotors, with the front brakes now measuring 12 inches in diameter (from 11 inches) and the rear brakes now longer by 0.1 inch to 11.1 inches. Kia did not fail to make the new 2017 Cadenza focus on the driver as well.
In fact, drivers benefit from a technology-laden cockpit designed to provide a harmonious human-machine interface thanks to its ergonomically intelligent design and intuitive controls as well as to its improved convenience.
It’s also interesting how the new 2017 Cadenza has the Head Up Display (HUD) that shows key information on the windshield just in front of the driver. Kia has also updated the vehicle’s Surround View Monitor with improved software and resolution, allowing this system to provide a clearer bird’s eye view of the area around the vehicle.
The new Cadenza now comes with the Smart Trunk system that opens the trunk lid once the sensor detects the key fob for over three seconds. Also, the new Kia offering features a wireless smartphone charger as well as the latest generation of Kia’s UVO system with Android Auto4 and Apple CarPlay5 as standard.
Customers could also avail of the optional 12-speaker Harman/Kardon system featuring Clari-Fi 6 music restoration technology. Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America, remarked that the new Cadenza -- with its stunning looks and premium refinements – offers more excitement to the large-car segment.
He quipped that everything in the Cadenza – including its cabin, lighter chassis and eight-speed transmission -- has been improved. Kia will commence sales of the second-generation Cadenza in late 2016, with pricing to be disclosed on a date closer to its launch date.