Kia K9 will be offered as the Cadenza in North America

Article by Christian A., on May 24, 2012

The Kia K9 will wear the Cadenza badge when it wil be launched in North America. Kia is already using this brand in other markets. A source said that the Cadenza name will be borrowed by the brand’s new flagship luxury sedan. It’s confusing since the Cadenza is a totally different model overseas. In markets such as the Middle East, the Cadenza has the K7 as its basis.

The K7 is a version of the front-drive full-size sedan platform that is also used by the Hyundai Azera. It’s possible that the Amanti name would be brought back if the K7 / Cadenza arrives in North America.

Amanti had once been used for an unsightly and unpopular large sedan. The K9/Cadenza, which is based on the same rear-drive architecture as the Hyundai Genesis and Equus, is positioned in between the two when it comes to size.

It’s likely to be powered by the brand’s 3.8-liter direct-injection V6, which delivers 350 hp with the use of an 8-speed automatic transmission.

As a result, its fuel economy is imposing. It’s expected that the Cadenza would have its launch this year in North America as a 2013 model year vehicle. The Cadenza has a starting price of about $50,000.

From its introduction at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Kia Cadenza sedan has received strong praise for its first class feel and many appealing amenities. As the strongest and most advanced Kia vehicle that has premiered in North America, the Cadenza increases Kia's roster of award winning cars and moves the Kia brand up with its remarkable collection of quality equipment, both standard and optional, such as advanced smart cruise control (ASCC), blind spot detection (BSD), and lane departure warning system (LDWS). The Cadenza offers one level of trim called Premium that starts at an MSRP of US$35,100, plus destination and handling fees of US$800.

The Cadenza's energetic drive traits and modern technology set this quality sedan apart from others in the market through a combination of Kia’s strongest engine and a well-designed chassis, an active and responsive steering system, and an accomplished multi-linked rear suspension. The Kia Cadenza should appeal to drivers wanting ease and performance from a premium sedan.

Cadenza features a fashionable design with European influences and lots of strength with Kia's most robust V6 engine. The cabin boasts soft detail touches, discerning chrome accents, and quality wood highlights. All these components mesh with an abundance of technologies to demonstrate how the Kia Cadenza can create value to new elegance levels in the burgeoning market between conventional and luxury vehicles.

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