Kia Cadenza K7 (2009-)
|Also called||Kia K7 (South Korea)|
|Assembly||Hwasung, South Korea (Kia) Oskemen, Kazakhstan (Azia Avto)|
|Predecessor||Kia Amanti/Opirus (U.S. & Canada/Worldwide)|
|Class||Full-size car / Executive car|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Engine||2.4L Theta II GDI I4 201 hp 2.7L Mu V6 200 hp 3.0L Lambda GDI V6 270 hp 3.3L Lambda GDI V6 294 hp 3.5L Lambda V6 286 hp|
|Wheelbase||2,845 mm (112.0 in)|
|Length||4,965 mm (195.5 in)|
|Width||1,850 mm (73 in)|
|Height||1,475 mm (58.1 in)|
|Curb weight||1,575 kg (3,470 lb)|
The Kia Cadenza, or Kia K7 in South Korea, is Kia's full-size car launched in 2009 to replace the Kia Opirus/Amanti.
The Cadenza uses the new front-wheel-drive Type-N platform with MacPherson front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. Cadenza will be offered with three gasoline engines ranging from 165 horsepower to 290 horsepower for the 3.5-liter Lambda, included the new 2.4-liter Theta II with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and 201 horsepower.
The Kia Cadenza was designed by Kia design chief Peter Schreyer who was chief designer at Audi and uses Kia's corporate Tiger Nose grille.
North American Launch of the Cadenza
In January of 2013, Kia announced that the Cadenza will be available in the United States. It will be Kia's version of the Hyundai Azera, and is expected to cost close to $35,000 or more. It will be Kia of America's new flagship car, upstaging the Kia Optima. The Cadenza is expected to be in Kia showrooms across the United States in May of 2013. Standard features will include leather seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system , Kia UVO, alloy wheels, and other luxury car features.
This will be one of three Korean luxury sedans sold in the United States, the other two cars being the Hyundai Genesis and Hyundai Equus, both of which are currently on sale in the United States, and are manufactured by Hyundai, who owns Kia.