Kia Cadenza

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Kia Cadenza (VG)
Kia Cadenza V6 EX 2010 (14429289169).jpg
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia K7 (South Korea)
Production 2010–present
Assembly Hwasung, South Korea (Kia)
Oskemen, Kazakhstan (Azia Avto)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Class Full-size / Executive car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform Type-N
Related Hyundai Azera
Hyundai Aslan
Engine 2.4L Theta II GDI I4 201 hp
2.7L Mu V6 200 hp
3.0L Lambda GDI V6 270 hp
3.3L Lambda GDI V6 294 hp
3.5L Lambda V6 286 hp
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,845 mm (112.0 in)
Length 4,965 mm (195.5 in)
Width 1,850 mm (73 in)
Height 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Curb weight 1,575 kg (3,472 lb)
Predecessor Kia Amanti/Opirus (U.S. & Canada/Worldwide)

The Kia Cadenza, or Kia K7 in South Korea, is Kia's full-size car launched in 2010 to replace the Kia Opirus/Amanti.[1]

The Cadenza uses the new front-wheel-drive Type-N platform[2] with MacPherson front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. Cadenza will be offered with three gasoline engines ranging from 165 horsepower to 290 horsepower for the 3.5-liter Lambda, included the new 2.4-liter Theta II with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and 201 horsepower.

The Kia Cadenza was designed by Kia design chief Peter Schreyer who was chief designer at Audi and uses Kia's corporate Tiger Nose grille.

As of January 2014, the sedan is available in South Korea, United States, Canada, China, Brazil, and Middle East.

North American launch of the Cadenza[edit]

In January 2013, Kia announced that the Cadenza will be available in the United States. It is Kia's version of the Hyundai Azera. Standard features will include leather seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system, Kia UVO, alloy wheels, and other luxury car features. This will be one of four Korean luxury sedans sold in the United States, the other three cars being the Hyundai Genesis, Kia K900 and Hyundai Equus, which are currently on sale in the United States, and are manufactured by Hyundai and Kia.

The car features Nappa leather seats, a feature commonly found on more expensive vehicles such as those from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The Nappa leather is available in three colors: black, beige, or white (the white interior requires all three packages available on the Cadenza: the Luxury, Technology, and White Interior Packages). The driver's seat is both heated and ventilated, and the passenger's seat is heated. The rear seats can also be heated. A dual sunroof is available. The car features the 3.3L, 294 horsepower V6, the most powerful engine available for the Cadenza. The engine is used in the Cadenza's platform mate, the Hyundai Azera, and is a Hyundai-built engine from the Lambda engine family.


At launch of the North American Cadenza, Kia used a commercial, depicting a woman arriving at her high school class reunion in a Cadenza, to the amazement of her classmates. The commercial shows the luxury features that the Cadenza has, and features a remix of David Bowie's 1980's song, "Let's Dance", which was remixed by InFiction.



  1. ^ "2011 Kia Cadenza - Official Photos & Info - Auto Reviews - Car & Driver". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Specification". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 

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