The Kia Cadenza is almost ready for its debut in the U.S., as these spy photos attest. The car is based on the South Korean Kia K7, and should go on sale stateside next summer as a 2014 model.
The Kia Cadenza is a large, front-wheel-drive sedan that will slot in beneath the new Quoris luxury sedan — known as K9 in Korea. Our spy shooter tells us this Cadenza prototype was testing alongside a Toyota Avalon and Acura TL, cars which should serve as two of the Kia’s biggest rivals. Think of the Cadenza as a replacement to the Kia Amanti, which was the brand’s last large near-luxury sedan sold in our market.
The styling includes Kia’s popular “tiger” black mesh grille and a trunklid spoiler, squinty projector-style headlights, and the gently sloping roofline that has become de rigeur among new sedans. The interior looks exceptionally smart, with a slightly convex center stack wearing chrome trim and stylish switchgear.
As in Korea, the new Cadenza will use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, likely producing around 290 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission, electric parking brake, and push-button start are all expected to be on board. These photos show that the Kia Cadenza also scores a big touch screen infotainment system, a small LCD screen in the instrument cluster, and an analog clock in the dashboard.
Look for the 2014 Kia Cadenza to launch here next summer, meaning we should learn more about the model later this year or in early 2013.