Though Hyundai might be getting all the attention right now with its Genesis luxury brand, Kia is still looking to push further upmarket as well. The Kia Cadenza large sedan is a big part of this push, and we now have an idea of what the next-generation Cadenza will look like thanks to these teaser sketches.
These drawings show that the 2017 Kia Cadenza will have a longer, wider, and more dramatic design compared with the current car. Kia’s “tiger nose” grille features up front, flanked by swept-back headlights, while a strong character line runs along the side of the car. Wide LED taillights in the rear sit under a horizontal chrome bar that stretches across the trunk. Kia also says that the new Cadenza’s interior will offer more space and more luxurious materials.
Expect the 2017 Kia Cadenza to remain similar in size as the current front-wheel drive sedan, which competes with cars like the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse. It should still offer a V-6 engine, though a turbo four-cylinder may be available for better fuel economy. The current Kia Cadenza originally went on sale in the U.S. in 2013—we tested one for a year in our Four Seasons fleet and came away impressed with its refinement, space, and value for money.
Stay tuned for more news about the 2017 Kia Cadenza, which will debut sometime next year and go on sale shortly afterwards.