|Also called||Kia K7 (South Korea)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size car/Executive car (E)|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
As of January 2014, it was sold in South Korea, United States, Canada, China, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and the Middle East.
First generation (VG; 2009)
|First generation (VG)|
|Assembly||South Korea: Hwasung (Hwasung Plant)|
Kazakhstan: Oskemen (Azia Avto)
|Wheelbase||2,845 mm (112.0 in)|
|Length||4,965 mm (195.5 in)|
|Width||1,850 mm (72.8 in)|
|Height||1,475 mm (58.1 in)|
|Curb weight||1,505–1,690 kg (3,318–3,726 lb)|
The Cadenza uses the new front-wheel-drive Type-N platform with MacPherson front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. The Cadenza was offered with three gasoline engines ranging from 165 horsepower to 290 horsepower for the 3.5-liter Lambda. A new 2.4-liter Theta II with gasoline direct injection (GDI) that produced 201 horsepower was also available. A hybrid K7 700h was available in Korea, featuring a 159 hp four cylinder engine and a 35 kW electric motor.
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 was one of five Korean luxury sedans sold in the United States at the time, the other four cars being the Hyundai Azera, Hyundai Genesis, Kia K900 and Hyundai Equus.
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.
|Theta II 2.4 MPI||2009–2011||6-speed automatic||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||23.5 kg⋅m (230 N⋅m; 170 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm|
|Theta II 2.4 MPI Hybrid||2013–2016||200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) @ 5,500 rpm|
|Theta II 2.4 GDI||2011–2016||201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) @ 6,300 rpm||25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,250 rpm|
|Mu 2.7 MPI||2009–2011||200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||26 kg⋅m (255 N⋅m; 188 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.0 GDI||2011–2016||270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||31.6 kg⋅m (310 N⋅m; 229 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,300 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.3 GDI||294 PS (216 kW; 290 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||35.3 kg⋅m (346 N⋅m; 255 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.5 MPI||2009–2016||290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) @ 6,600 rpm||34.5 kg⋅m (338 N⋅m; 250 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm|
|Mu 2.7 LPI||2009–2011||6-speed automatic||165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) @ 5,200 rpm||25 kg⋅m (245 N⋅m; 181 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.0 LPI||2011–2016||235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||28.6 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 207 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm|
Second generation (YG; 2016)
|Second generation (YG)|
|Model years||2017–2020 (North America)|
2017–2021 (Middle East)
|Assembly||South Korea: Hwasung (Hwasung Plant)|
|Electric motor||38kW permanent magnet high-power density motor|
|Battery||1.76 kWh Li-ion Polymer|
|Wheelbase||2,855 mm (112.4 in)|
|Length||4,970 mm (195.7 in) (pre-facelift)|
4,995 mm (196.7 in) (facelift)
|Width||1,870 mm (73.6 in)|
|Height||1,470 mm (57.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,555–1,730 kg (3,428–3,814 lb)|
Released in 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.
The Cadenza received a facelift in June 2019. Mechanical changes include a new 2.5L SmartStream G engine replacing the 2.4L Theta II GDI engine while the 3.5L Lambda II MPI engine replaces the 3.3L Lambda II GDI engine in some regions. For styling, the update includes a new grille and hood, new front and rear bumpers, new wheel design and a new 12.3 inch infotainment touchscreen.
The Cadenza was discontinued in Canada after the 2019 model year, and in the US after the 2020 model year. Kia cited the market transition from large cars to crossovers and SUVs. Production ended in January 2021 to make way for a new model, the Kia K8.
|Theta II 2.4 GDI||2016–2019||6-speed automatic||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||24.6 kg⋅m (241 N⋅m; 178 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm|
|Smartstream G2.5 GDI||2019–2021||8-speed automatic||198 PS (146 kW; 195 hp) @ 6,100 rpm||25.3 kg⋅m (248 N⋅m; 183 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.0 GDI||2018–2021||266 PS (196 kW; 262 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||31.4 kg⋅m (308 N⋅m; 227 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,300 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.3 MPI||2016–2019||6-speed automatic||270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||32.4 kg⋅m (318 N⋅m; 234 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.3 GDI||2016–2021||8-speed automatic||284 PS (209 kW; 280 hp) @ 6,400 rpm
294 PS (216 kW; 290 hp) @ 6,400 rpm
|34.3 kg⋅m (336 N⋅m; 248 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm|
35 kg⋅m (343 N⋅m; 253 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm
|Lambda II 3.5 MPI||2020–2021||290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) @ 6,600 rpm||34.5 kg⋅m (338 N⋅m; 250 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm|
|Theta II 2.4 MPI Hybrid||2016–2021||6-speed automatic||200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) @ 5,500 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.0 LPI||2016–2021||6-speed automatic||235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||28.6 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 207 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm|
|R II 2.2 CRDI||2016–2020||8-speed automatic||202 PS (149 kW; 199 hp) @ 3,800 rpm||45 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750–2,750 rpm|
|Small overlap front:||Good|
|Moderate overlap front:||Good|
|Head restraints & seats:||Good|
|Front crash prevention:||Superior|
|Child seat anchors (Latch) ease of use:||Marginal|
|Calendar year||South Korea||United States|
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