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Kia's Luxury Sedan Cadenza

Overseas in North America, Kia have revealed its latest version of its luxury sedan Cadenza at the Detroit Auto Show. Cadenza now has an impressive list of standard and optional equipment that takes in-car technology and premium features to an entirely new level.

CadenzaCadenza’s standard equipment boasts dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, optionally available Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and optionally available Bluetooth wireless technology.

Other available features, dependent upon market, will include a high resolution 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen display, premium Nappa leather seats, a ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, powered rear sunshade, full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, and a premium 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system.

Safety technology available will feature: a water repellent hydrophobic windshield, xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), radar-based Blind Spot Detection (BSD), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that provides audible and visual alerts to the driver and a reversing camera with obstruction warning system.

Again inside, upgraded Cadenza has an unparalleled level of premium equipment for five occupants and strikes the ideal balance between sport and luxury.  The interior 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 create an elegant and uncluttered cabin. The instrument panel is angled toward the driver for optimised control.  Elegant chrome bezels surround the heating and audio controls, air vents and the push-button engine start.

On the outside Cadenza has a more distinctive appearance on with a new bonnet, boot lid, light clusters (front and rear) and new bumpers, plus side air-vents in the front wings and a new interpretation of the brand’s ‘tiger nose’ front grille.

With broad shoulders, a contoured bonnet, large wheels and a wide stance, new Cadenza has a strong and grounded appearance.  Flanking the grille are quad headlights that nestle deeply behind crystalline lenses.  The lower fascia is wide, adding to the Cadenza’s imposing stance, and chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille add to the vehicle’s premium presence.  LED daytime running lights and Xenon headlights provide additional sophistication.

The Cadenza’s silhouette is strong and elegant, while the glasshouse curves gracefully into the C-pillar and is surrounded by a tasteful chrome bezel that flares upward at the rear door.  A chiselled indentation sweeps upward through the door handles and seamlessly transitions into the tail lights.  Classic chrome accents adorn the base of the doors and the treatment continues into the rear fascia.

At the rear, the standard LED tail lights sit high on the boot lid and are designed to cut across a large portion of the vehicle, emphasizing the Cadenza’s broad stance as twin oval tail pipes accentuate the saloon’s sporty and elegant design.

To ensure that the upgraded Cadenza delivers a premium driving experience, Kia engineers have improved NVH levels and enhanced refinement by adopting numerous technical solutions, including the use of high strength steel for 60% of the bodyshell structure.  Many of the steel components are produced with a 1,650 degree hot-stamping process that enhances the strength of the steel without adding weight.  Torsional rigidity of the new Cadenza is greatly increased, benefiting ride, handling and crash safety.

For markets outside of North America, the front-wheel drive Cadenza is equipped with one of Kia’s most powerful V6 engines – the smooth-revving 3.5-litre multi-point fuel injection (MPI) unit with recently introduced technical improvements to boost performance while maintaining fuel efficiency.  The advanced all-aluminium engine features dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), a maintenance-free timing chain, a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque, and is designed to run on regular unleaded petrol.

Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via Kia’s six-speed automatic transmission with fully automatic and ‘Sportmatic’ manual mode operated with the shift lever or steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.  To maximize driver engagement, the new Cadenza features performance-tuned fully independent suspension with MacPherson Struts at the front and a multilink design at the rear.  A choice of 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels is available.

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