While previously announced in 2011, it seems that it's finally ready! Kia has announced that the 2014 Kia Cadenza will replace the Kia Magentis which, while a decent car, had serious flaws in design and rather inconsistent road handling. The Kia Cadenza is the cousin of the Hyundai Azera, a car that Hyundai sold for a short time in Canada a few years ago. It is still sold in the United States. With this luxury sedan, Kia hopes to rank among such company as the Lexus EX and Acura TL.
The new Kia Cadenza has been on display recently, making appearances a few weeks ago at the auto show in Detroit, and the recent Toronto International Auto Show. As is very common these days, the Kia Cadenza borrows European styling elements like wrap around headlights. though the tiger nose grille design clearly identifies the Cadenza as a member of the Kia family.
Although several competing models have moved to a four cylinder engine, the Kia Cadenza goes against the tide by offering a 3.3-litre V6 with direct fuel injection, generating 293 HP and 255 pounds of torque. It will be mated to a six speed automatic transmission that is shared with the Hyundai Azera.
Like other cars in it's class, the Cadenza will use a MacPherson independent front suspension and a multi-link set up at the rear. The Cadenza is a front wheel drive vehicle.
Inside, it's full of electronic gadgets including a navigation system and an eight inch screen, as well as an Infinity 550-watt 12 speaker audio system. The dual zone climate control and leather upholstery should come standard, just like the rear vents, start button, 8-way electronically adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth and back-up camera. 18 inch alloy wheels come standard, with an option to upsize to 19 inches.
Two packages- premium and technology will be offered with more bells and whistles. The Kia Cadenza should hit showroom floors early summer 2013.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca