Kia took the stage at the Detroit Auto Show Tuesday to debut its new premium sedan, the 2014 Kia Cadenza.
The Cadenza, known as the K7 back home in South Korea, resembles the Optima and somewhat mirrors it brother the Hyundai Azera. This is Kia’s attempt to enter the luxury sedan market, so of course it will carry a number of luxury features, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Cadenza is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the second quarter of this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
Kia says the popularity of the Kia Optima SXL was one of many factors which contributed to decision to launch a luxury model in the U.S.
“Since the introduction of the range-topping Optima SXL last year, we have seen an increasing number of customers in our retail outlets looking for a sedan with even more upscale amenities and technology,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “The Cadenza is the new flagship for Kia in the U.S. market, and when it goes on sale later this year, it will introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium segment.”
The Cadenza takes European styling cues with its trapezoid styled grille, long, swooping headlights and leading lines. Wheels resemble that of a luxury Optima. Inside, the Cadenza features leather seats, LCD center console, standard Bluetooth, and woodgrain trim and chrome give it the look of luxury inside.
The Cadenza will be powered by Kia’s most powerful V6 engine ever. There’s an available Sportmatic manual shift mode with paddle shifters, or a 3.3. liter GDI engine. The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual continuously variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance,
a maintenance-free timing chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. During durability testing, the engine is run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.
We cannot wait to see this one hit the dealership later this year. Enjoy the photos and videos from today’s release, and tell us what you think about Kia entering the luxury market.