Following a few design sketches that were shown recently, Kia is continuing to take its time revealing its second-gen Kia Cadenza. This time, the Korean car maker has provided us with just two images of the car it plans to launch in 2016.

The Kia Cadenza is a model that sits in a segment just above the Optima K5 we know in Malaysia, and one step below the flagship K900 sedan. Specifically, the car you see here is a Korean-market model, where it is known as the Kia K7. European and US-market versions may get a slightly different look.

Surprisingly, the design sketches were not very far off from this production model. As previewed, the brand’s signature tiger nose grille curves inwards for the first time. The new wraparound LED headlamps are 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 of the Cadenza also appears to feature 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, wrapped in 245/40R19 rubbers.


At the rear, the wide tail lights feature a similar S-shaped graphic to the headlamps, and are linked by a chrome strip that runs across the boot of the car. The rear bumper is squared-off, with twin exhaust tips visible on each side of the car.

Interestingly, the Cadenza here wears a “3.3” badge at its rear, suggesting that the car could be carrying forward the model’s existing 293 hp 3.3 litre V6 GDI unit. However, there are rumours that suggest that the car could potentially feature a new 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6.

The latter is a powertrain believed to be developed for the Genesis G90 – the first model set to be launched by the new Hyundai luxury sub-brand. Interestingly, the G90 is set to be a rear-wheel drive car, while the previous-gen Cadenza featured a front-wheel drive layout.

Kia hasn’t revealed any interior images of its new Cadenza just yet, but has claimed that it will feature “high levels of interior quality and contemporary luxury.” How closely do you think the Cadenza’s interior will be to the design sketches they’ve revealed?

GALLERY: Next-gen Kia Cadenza K7 design sketches

GALLERY: Current Kia Cadenza K7