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2014 Kia Cadenza

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Kia unveiled the all-new Cadenza sedan - the model that marks Kia’s entering into the premium-sedan segment - at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new Cadenza will join Kia’s current lineup of sedan models that includes: Forte , Optima and Rio , and will go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

The model is offered only in one equipment trim level and will feature a design language inspired by Kia’s European models. As a result, the new Cadenza will be distinguished by a "Tiger Tiger Nose" front fascia, quad headlamps and taillights with LED technology and a new exhaust system with twin oval tail pipes. Interior features will include equipment like leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Infinity audio system. For those customers wishing to further customize the look of their car, Kia is also offering two optional packages: Premium package and Technology package.

The 2014 Cadenza will be equipped with only one engine: 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATED 7/18/2013: Kia has released the pricing details on the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan. See more after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Cadenza.

Exterior

Kia Cadenza

Unlike all the other models offered on the U.S. market, the 2014 Cadenza features a design language inspired by the European models. Up front, it is distinguished by an aggressive "Tiger Tiger Nose" front fascia, quad headlamps flanking the grille, and chrome accents around the grille and the fog lights. The headlamps come standard with LED technology, but as an option Kia is also offering HID technology.

When viewed from the side, it’s pretty easy to distinguish Cadenza’s imposing long nose, the long hood and lots of gracefully sculpted lines running from the front-door cutline and going down to the taillights. The side also features numerous chrome accents at the lower portions of the doors and the exterior mirrors.

At the rear, the Cadenza receives standard LED taillights and a new exhaust system with twin oval tail pipes.

Interior

Kia Cadenza

The 2014 Kia Cadenza targets models from the premium segment, so to no surprise, it offers an impressive level of equipment on the inside. Customers enjoy a cabin that combines soft leather upholstery combined with wood and chrome accents, and an ambient lightning.

The center control has been specially designed to offer the driver the optimum control, while an available large 7-inch high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a wide range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and infotainment.

Standard Features:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wood-trim door inserts
  • One-touch automatic up/down power front windows
  • Power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • An advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic™2 and UVO eServices
  • Back-up camera3
  • Warning system
  • A premium 550-watt Infinity 4 12-speaker audio system including rear surround speakers and subwoofer
  • Standard leather seat trim
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation
  • Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start
  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Bluetooth wireless technology.

Premium Package

  • A full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade
  • HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS)
  • 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster
  • Premium Nappa leather seats
  • A memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort
  • Heated front and rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column
  • A power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

Technology Package

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric parking brake
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
  • Water repellant hydrophobic windshield
  • Radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a Lane -*Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the driver should they inadvertently veer into another lane without using the turn signal.

Engine

Kia Cadenza

Under the new Cadenza’s hood, Kia installed the most powerful V-6 engine it’s ever offered, a 3.3-liter version with an output of 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine features technologies like direct injection (GDI), dual continuously variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a maintenance-free timing chain, and a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque.

The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission equipped with a Sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters flanking the leather. All the power is sent to the front wheels.

As standard features, the model is equipped with a sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design, and a High Tensile Steel (HTS) system which helps improve torsional rigidity.

Driveline Specifications:

Engine3.3-liter V-6 GDI
Horsepower293 @ 6,400 rpm
Torque255 pound-feet @ 5,200 rpm
TransmissionSix-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters

Prices

Kia Cadenza

Kia starts the 2014 Cadenza off at $35,100. Buyers can opt for the Luxury package for $3,000 and the Technology Package for an additional $3,000 — Technology Package requires the Luxury Package).

Pricing Details

2014 Cadenza Premium$35,100

Package Details & Pricing

Luxury Package$3,000
Includes:

  • Panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade
  • HID headlamps with Active Front Lighting System (AFLS)
  • Nappa leather seats trim (beige or black)
  • 7-inch TFT LCD meter cluster
  • Ventilated driver’s seat
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering column
  • 2 position driver’s seat memory including outside mirrors
  • Driver’s seat cushion extension
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Integrated memory system (driver’s seat, outside mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel)
  • First aid kit
Technology Package$3,000 (Requires Luxury Package)
Includes

  • 19" alloy wheels with P245/40R19 tires
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
  • Blind Spot Detection system (BSD)
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Hydrophobic glass (front door windows)
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with auto hold
White Interior PackageTBA
Includes:

  • White nappa leather
  • Wood grain (window switch surround)
  • Premium headliner, pillar trim, rear parcel shelf, and sun visors

Optional Accessory Pricing

Rear Bumper Appliqué$75.00
Cargo Net$50.00
Cargo Tray$80.00
Wheel Locks$55.00

Competition

Toyota Avalon

The list of standard features offered by the new Kia Cadenza is quite full, but the question is whether it has what it needs to face the very long list of competitors offered in the U.S. market? For example, why should customers choose the new Cadenza, over models with a longer tradition here, like the Nissan Maxima or theToyota Avalon ?

Of course, answering this question just by looking at a few images will be pretty difficult, but we will get back to you once we will test the car. Until then, we will remind you that the Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces an output of 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and can be yours for a price starting at $31,750.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon comes in at $30,990 and comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 268 horsepower. It also includes LED taillights, dual exhaust and a stylish new body. On the inside, the sedan features dual zone climate control, an eight-speaker sound system and heated leather seats. Not too shabby for a $30k sedan.

Kia Cadenza
LOVE IT
  • Highly equipped
  • Powerful engine
  • Cool exterior look
LEAVE IT
  • Just one engine option
  • No prices just yet

Press Release

Kia Cadenza

Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the all-new 2014 Cadenza premium sedan, the most technologically-advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America. The long-anticipated announcement today at Cobo Hall during the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) confirmed Kia’s intentions to enter into the premium-sedan segment. The Cadenza expands KMA’s lineup of inspiring and award-winning vehicles while moving the brand up-market with an impressive list of premium standard and optional equipment, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1 and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Cadenza is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the second quarter of this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

“Since the introduction of the range-topping Optima SXL last year, we have seen an increasing number of customers in our retail outlets looking for a sedan with even more upscale amenities and technology,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “The Cadenza is the new flagship for Kia in the U.S. market, and when it goes on sale later this year, it will introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium segment.”

With its distinctive front fascia and swept C-pillars, the Cadenza’s taut European design language is evident. That it’s propelled by Kia’s most powerful V6 engine further announces its intentions to provide an invigorating driving experience. Inside, unparalleled premium appointments for five occupants strike the ideal balance between sport and luxury. Combining these elements with technology that, until now, has never been offered on any Kia vehicle in the market, the Cadenza quickly rises to the lofty elevation of being the brand’s most advanced U.S. product.

Sophisticated Features and Technology

Kia Cadenza

Offered in one opulently equipped trim level, the Cadenza takes in-car technology and premium features to an entirely new level. Standard features include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic™2 and UVO eServices, displayed on a high resolution 8-inch touch screen. Further enhancing driver assurance is a standard back-up camera3 and warning system, as well as a premium 550-watt Infinity®4 12-speaker audio system including rear surround speakers and subwoofer. The Cadenza’s standard equipment level is on par with many premium brands and boasts standard leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth®5 wireless technology. Two option packages are offered: The Premium Package and the Technology Package.

Check the box for the Premium Package and receive a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa leather seats, a memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort, heated front and rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column, as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

Stepping up to the Technology Package adds sleek 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and can bring the car to a full stop if necessary. The package also includes water repellant hydrophobic windshield, a radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the driver should they inadvertently veer into another lane without using the turn signal.

European Design Evokes Premium Sport-Sedan Elegance

Penned under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer, Kia’s global chief of design, the Cadenza’s broad shoulders, contoured hood, large wheels and wide stance give it a strong and grounded appearance. The striking design has a distinctive sport-sedan form, as if the car would be equally comfortable on the Autobahn or carving through the Swiss Alps.

The aggressive “Tiger Nose” front fascia instantly speaks to Kia’s brand identity. Flanking the grille are quad headlights that nestle deeply behind crystalline lenses. The lower fascia is wide, lending to the Cadenza’s imposing stance, and chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille add to the vehicle’s premium presence. LED positioning lights and available HID headlights provide additional European sophistication.

Perhaps best enjoyed in profile, the Cadenza’s silhouette is at once strong and elegant. The vertical nose is imposing; the long hood is sensuously sculpted to meet the swept-back windshield. The greenhouse curves gracefully to the C-pillar and is surrounded by a tasteful chrome bezel that flares upward at the rear door, effectively creating a beautiful glass droplet. Beginning just aft of the front-door cutline is a chiseled indentation that sweeps upward, seamlessly transitioning into the tail lights. Classic chrome accents adorn the lower portions of the doors and the treatment continues into the rear fascia. The 19-inch alloy wheels offered in the Technology Package resemble a jet turbine and add to the Cadenza’s athletic stature.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the standard LED taillights sit high on the deck and are designed to cut across a large portion of the vehicle, lending to the Cadenza’s broad stance. The twin oval tail pipes accentuate the Cadenza’s sporty and elegant design.

The interior of the Cadenza envelops its occupants in a premium environment complete with soft leather upholstery and tasteful accents of wood and chrome. Ambient lighting and horizontally positioned switch gear radiates an uncluttered and sophisticated aesthetic. An elegant analog clock centered between the center stack buttons lends a classic feel. The center console is angled toward the driver for optimized control, and an available large seven-inch high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a wide range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and infotainment. Elegant chrome bezels surround the HVAC and audio controls, air vents and the standard push-button start. Standard Bluetooth, wood-trim door inserts, one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all enhance the Cadenza’s premium image.

Engaging Driving Experience

The Cadenza is equipped with Kia’s most powerful V6 engine ever. The smooth-revving 3.3-liter utilizes gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology that improves performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a Sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters flanking the leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel. The GDI powerplant produces 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual continuously variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a maintenance-free timing chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. During durability testing, the engine is run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

To maximize driver engagement and performance, the Cadenza features a sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design. The Cadenza rides on standard 245/45R-18 tires while 245/40R-19 tires are included with the Technology Package.

To further enhance performance and safety, while reducing NVH, 60 percent of the body structure is strengthened through the utilization of High Tensile Steel (HTS), which helps improve torsional rigidity. HTS is produced through a 1,650 degree hot-stamping process, designed to toughen steel. Further reducing the Cadenza’s NVH is an extensive list of noise reducing technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper on the rear cross member and specially designed wheels (the multiple fins help reduce wind noise at highway speeds).



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