2017 KIA Cadenza

Just after KIA released teaser images of the upcoming 2017 Kia
Cadenza, our spies caught the car undergoing testing but under
heavy camouflage. The sedan which was launched in 2010 to
replace the KIA Amanti was only introduced in the US in 2013 as
a 2014 model year.

The car has posted good returns for the short time it has been
in America and since the car is nearly at the end of its
lifecycle, KIA is set to initiate a major overhaul on all its
fronts. If the mules under testing are anything to go by, then
we might see the 2017 KIA Cadenza earlier than anticipated
probably in the first half of 2016.

2017 Kia Cadenza Spy Photo

2017 Kia Cadenza Spy Photo

2017 KIA Cadenza Exterior

The exterior design of the new 2017 KIA Cadenza will be
extensively redesigned to conform to KIA’s ongoing design
language.

The recent released renderings show that the Cadenza will have
a slightly longer wheelbase, long hood, a huge tiger-nose
grille flanked by aggressive headlamps and unique LED daytime
running lights. The rear is sportier with larger taillights,
huge exhaust tips and a bumper that is crisper looking than the
outgoing model.

According to our spy shots, the vehicle seems to have a longer
wheelbase and a rear overhang. Overall, the vehicle will have a
lower and wide stance which improves its COG and feature
sharper lines all over its body. It will also feature muscular
fenders.

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2017 Kia Cadenza Render

2017 KIA Cadenza Interior

As of this writing, there has been little if any information
about the interior of this car as KIA has kept it a closely
guarded secret. What we know is that the interior will receive
a refresh to a more luxurious styling.

The cabin will be kept clean with few buttons and switches. It
will be fitted with premium materials to up its standards of
luxury in order to give the German machines that usually set
the standards very high a run for their money. Nappa leather
upholstery on seats and dashboard in the outgoing model is set
to carry over to the new model. Due to the extended wheelbase
rear passengers will enjoy increased leg room. We also expect
the cargo space to slightly increase from the current’s 15.9
cubic feet, the rear seats will have a folding capability to
help extend the cargo space further, a feature missing in the
outgoing model which features a small opening when the center
armrest is lowered.

We expect the 2017 KIA Cadenza to offer the latest
technological features including Bluetooth connectivity,
Smartphone integration, USB ports, Wi-Fi connectivity, a
premium sound system and the latest infotainment system
integrated with a large screen. Security wise, the 2017 Cadenza
will be equipped with a package of driving aids which will
include ABS, traction control, Lane keep assist and parking
assist among others.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, we expect the Cadenza to feature the same
engine as the outgoing model. However, the engine will be
tweaked to provide more power. The 3.3 L, V-6 unit which
delivers 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque will be upgraded to
produce 340 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

The engine will also be paired with a new transmission which
will be a 7-speed dual-clutch unit replacing the current
6-speed transmission. This combination will enable the vehicle
to move quicker and with a better fuel economy.

Currently, the Cadenza returns 19 mpg, 28 mpg and 22mpg for
city, highway and combined drives. The current car accelerates
from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds which is likely to improve albeit
slightly.

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Price and release date

It is way early for the South Korean automaker to release any
details on the 2017 KIA Cadenza’s price.

However, we don’t think KIA will significantly vary the price
from the current model’s which starts at MSRP $ 33,815
inclusive of the destination charge for the base model and goes
up to as much as $ 44,915 for the top SX Limited trim level.
The vehicle will hit the market in 2016 probably in the second
quarter.

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New Kia Cadenza Teaser

Competition

The Chrysler 300 and the BMW 5 Series will be the 2017’s KIA Cadenza’s
top competitors. However, the upcoming  Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Maxima will also pose a threat to the
Cadenza.