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Kia’s Product Wave Crashes in New York with Cadenza

Cadenza gets compete makeover for new model year.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The new Kia Cadenza gets a makeover for 2017 with a significant upgrade in safety technologies.

Kia is continuing its new product onslaught with the introduction in New York of the 2017 Cadenza.

The new Cadenza, which will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016, improves upon all the elements that made its predecessor, according to Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of product planning.

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The interior has been upgraded and the car will reach the market with a bunch of new technology, including a suite of driver assistance technology and connectivity. 

“The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking, aggressively handsome looks and premium refinements,” said Hedrick.

“Everything you see and touch in the Cadenza’s cabin has been improved, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics.”

The Cadenza is the latest model in an onslaught of new vehicles coming from the Korean automaker.

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The second-generation Cadenza was designed at Kia’s California design studio, which was the birthplace of the popular Soul.

Head on, the Cadenza is more expressive thanks to the newly designed front fascia. While the signature Kia “tiger nose” grille is still the design key, it has evolved into a new hexagonal shape that emphasizes the Cadenza’s visual width with lines extending underneath the headlights.

But the big change to the grille is its distinct concave form, which curves in toward the engine bay, giving the Cadenza its handsomely chiseled face.

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Unlike other cars in the segment, the Cadenza is available with two different grilles. Lower trim models will come with the “Diamond Butterfly” front grille that features the same three-dimensional pattern as several siblings within the Kia lineup, but has its own unique appearance thanks to the concave shape.

LED technology inside the “piano key” taillights helps create visual depth while also complementing the Z-shape lighting signature. The 2017 Cadenza’s sportier profile was achieved by extending the roofline rearward more than two inches, while maintaining rear headroom and slightly improving trunk space.

Exterior styling is further enhanced by the car’s optimized dimensions. While the new Cadenza has the same overall length as the outgoing model, it’s slightly wider and lower in height.

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The interior was redesigned with even higher quality materials than the preceding model and higher levels of craftsmanship throughout. Like the exterior, the Cadenza’s soft interior contours are offset by sheared surfaces. Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features authentic stitching.

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