The updated Cadenza resembles the ’09 variant first created under the supervision of current Kia President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Shreyer. At the front, the refreshed Cadenza takes up a host of add-ons such as a new hood, trunk lid, light clusters (front and rear) and new bumpers, plus side air-vents in the front wings and a new ‘tiger nose’ front grille. When viewed from the front or sides, it gives a wider impression thanks to a wide lower fascia, a contoured hood, broader shoulders and larger wheels. Additionally, chrome trim accents around the fog lights and grille, LED positioning lights and HID headlights with adaptive lighting system present a premium presence all round. From the side, the latest Cadenza has a sweeping front to back silhouette that accentuates the chrome bezel at the rear door as well as chrome accents at the base of the rear door. The rear is highlighted by the wrapped around LED rear lights and the unmistakable twin oval tail pipes. To top it off, buyers can choose from 17, 18 19-inch alloy wheels to define the Cadenza even further.
Inside, upgraded Cadenza has a feature-packed list which includes 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.
As an upmarket vehicle, the Cadenza’s interior is presented in an elegant and uncluttered manner. From the driver’s perspective, the instrument panel is driver-centric, and more chrome bezels are instilled for the HVAC, audio controls and push start button. Dual-zone automatic climate with rear seat ventilation ensures occupants’ comfort, while optional interior add-ons like Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth connectivity are meant for that ultimate convenience factor.
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-liter multi-point fuel injection (MPI) unit with recently introduced technical improvements to boost performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. The advanced all-aluminum 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 a 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 at the rear.
Safety equipment on the updated Cadenza include a hydrophobic windshield, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), radar-based Blind Spot Detection (BSD), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and a reverse camera with obstruction warning system.