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2013-01-17 12:13

WILL ITS COMPETITION HAVE A CADENZA? With its updated Cadenza, Korean automaker Kia hopes to be perceived as a premium car brand.

DETROIT, Michigan - Kia's updated Cadenza made its global debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Kia hopes its upgraded luxury sedan will move the Korean automaker into the premium brand market by offering customers an impressive list of standard and optional equipment.


The front-wheel drive Cadenza is equipped with one of Kia’s most powerful V6 engines yet - the 3.5 petrol multi-point fuel injection (MPI) unit.

The advanced all-aluminium engine features dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a maintenance-free timing chain and a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque.

The engine is mated to a six-speed auto with a "Sportmatic" manual mode.

The new Cadenza features fully independent suspension with MacPherson Struts at the front and a multilink design at the rear.  A choice of 17, 18 and 19" alloy rims are available.


Borrowing styling cues from the Kia Quoris sedan, the updated Cadenza has a new hood, boot lid, light clusters (front and rear) and new bumpers, along with new side air-vents. The model sports Kia's latest front grille design.

At the rear, the standard Diode tail lights and twin oval tail pipes add an air of sportiness to the car’s design.

Soft leather upholstery, wood and chromed accents bolster the interior.  The instrument panel is angled toward the driver for optimized control.


Depending on individual markets, the upgraded Cadenza offers buyers an extensive choice of convenience and safety technologies.  It boasts dual-zone climate control with rear seat ventilation, optionally available keyless entry with push-button start, a power driver’s seat and optional available bluetooth.


The new model has a host of safety technologies including adaptive headlights, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and a reversing camera.

Hyoung-Keun Lee, vice chairman and CEO of Kia commented: “An increasing number of Kia customers around the world are looking for vehicles with even more premium amenities and advanced technology.

"When the new-look upgraded Cadenza goes on sale in different regions of the world during the first quarter of 2013, it will introduce a host of advanced comfort and safety systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium sedan segment.”

Check out the latest models in our Detroit show section.

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