Images of the new Kia Cadenza (K7) have been in short supply. Since the Korean manufacturer officially revealed the car in its domestic market, just a handful have been spared. Now, thanks to Kia Motors South Korea’s official website, here’s a load more for you to check out.
Known as the K7 in its native Korean market, the Cadenza is a large sedan that sits one size above the Kia Optima (K5) we’re more familiar with in Malaysia. It is also one size smaller than the brand’s flagship K900 (K9).
As revealed last November, the latest-gen Kia Cadenza features a whole new look. For the first time, the brand’s signature tiger nose grille is curved inwards, while new wraparound LED headlamps are seen underlined by a chrome strip that extends from the front grille. The brand’s signature four-point LED daytime running lights are also present.
The side profile of the car reveals the K7’s typically long bonnet and sloping roofline. The variant pictured here also appears to feature 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, wrapped in 245/40R19 rubbers. New, wider tail lights are also featured, with squared-off twin exhaust tips finishing off the exterior’s bold new look.
Spec-wise, the Korean site reveals several key highlights of the new Cadenza. These include a Krell Premium Sound audio system, wireless charging capabilities, an around-view monitor, head-up display screen and quilted Nappa leather seats.
For safety, the Cadenza is equipped with up to nine airbags and has active safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System and High Beam Assist.
As expected, the Korean market K7 will offer a 290 PS 3.3 litre V6 GDI engine, and not the 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 that was rumoured. A 190 PS 2.4 litre GDI four-pot, and a 2.2 litre e-VGT turbodiesel with 202 PS and 441 Nm are also available.
Korea will be the first market to get the new model, with the European and the US markets set to follow after. With initial specs and details already up on the car maker’s website, it won’t be long before a full market launch happens. Prices for the K7 in South Korea start from 30.1 million won (RM106,363) for the base 2.4 GDI variant.