Kia Cadenza

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Kia Cadenza
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Overview
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia K7 (South Korea)
Production 2009–present
Model years 2010–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size / Executive car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Kia Amanti/Opirus (U.S. & Canada/Worldwide), Kia Potentia (South Korea)

The Kia Cadenza, marketed in South Korea as Kia K7, is a mid-size / executive sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors. It was launched in 2010 to replace the Kia Opirus/Amanti.[1]

The sedan is available in South Korea, United States, Canada, China, Brazil, and the Middle East.

First generation (2010-2016)[edit]

Kia Cadenza (VG)
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Overview
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia K7 (South Korea)
Production 2009–2016
Model years 2010–2016
Assembly Hwasung, South Korea (Kia)
Oskemen, Kazakhstan (Azia Avto)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Class Large / Executive car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Type-N
Related Hyundai Grandeur
Hyundai Aslan
Powertrain
Engine 2.4L Theta II GDI I4 (petrol)
2.7L Mu V6 (petrol)
3.0L Lambda GDI V6 (petrol)
3.3L Lambda GDI V6 (petrol)
3.5L Lambda V6 (petrol)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
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)

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. A hybrid K7 700h is available in Korea, with a 159 hp four cylinder and a 35 kW electric motor.[3]

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

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 in black, beige, or white, the latter available when also outfitted with 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.

Safety[edit]

The 2014-2016 Cadenza received a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[4]

Test Rating
Overall: 5/5 stars
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good

Marketing[edit]

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 1983 song, "Let's Dance", which was remixed by InFiction.

Gallery[edit]

Second generation (2017–present)[edit]

Kia Cadenza (YG)
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Overview
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia K7 (South Korea)
Production 2016–present
Model years 2017–present
Assembly Hwasung, South Korea (Kia)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Class Large / Executive car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Type-N
Related Hyundai Azera
Powertrain
Engine 2.4L Theta II GDI I4 (petrol)
3.0L Lambda II GDI V6 (petrol)
3.3L Lambda II GDI V6 (petrol)
3.3L Lambda II MPI V6 (petrol)
2.2L E-VGT CRDi I4 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,855 mm (112.4 in)
Length 4,970 mm (196 in)
Width 1,870 mm (74 in)
Height 1,470 mm (58 in)

Released in January 2016 in South Korean market. Released in America was Fall 2016, the second generation Kia Cadenza was redesigned by Peter Schreyer. The car is offered with a revised 3.3 liter V6 that generates 290 horsepower (294 PS; 216 kW). Aside from the 6-speed automatic, the Cadenza is offered with a new in-house developed 8-speed automatic with a drive mode select system.[5]

Safety[edit]

The 2017 Cadenza received a "Top Safety Pick+" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[6]

Test Rating
Overall: 5/5 stars
Small overlap front: Good
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good
Front crash prevention: Superior
Headlights: Acceptable
Child seat anchors (Latch) ease of use: Marginal

Gallery[edit]

Others[edit]

After impeachment of former South Korean president, Park Geun-Hye when she went to Prosecuter's Office in Korea she used this vehicle after using Hyundai Equus Limousine.

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