Kia Motors America has unveiled the all-new 2014 Cadenza premium sedan, and it is already being viewed as the most technologically advanced vehicle ever released by the fast growing South Korean automaker.
Kia made the announcement at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, signalling their intention to jump into the premium sedan segment.
The all new Kia Cadenza is a fantastic addition to the existing Kia lineup, but is also a sign that the company os more than ready to move up to premium, thanks in large part to the impressive list of standard equipment.
That includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control -ASCC, Blind Spot Detection -BSD system and Lane-Departure Warning System -LDWS.
There has been no price point set yet, with that announcement expected to come closer to the 2014 Cadenza release date, which is expected to be in the second quarter of 2013.
Kia Cadenza design
Kia’s global chief of design, Peter Schreyer, once again has his fingerprints all over the striking design of the Cadenza. The vehicle features broad shoulders, a contoured hood, and large wheels that widen its stance while keeping it grounded.
The overall effect is a sport-sedan finish that will see it fit comfortably onto the highway, as well as mountain roads.
The “Tiger Nose” front fascia makes it instantly recognizable as a Kia car. Quad headlights flank the front grille, nestling in snugly behind crystalline lenses.
The stance of the vehicle is made all the more imposing by the wide lower fascia, while the chrome accents that skirt the grille and fog lights give the car a touch of class and luxury.
The addition of LED positioning lights and HID headlights give the Cadenza a strictly European elegance.
Seen in profile, the Cadenza looks equal parts strong and sophisticated, with the vertical nose adding a touch of menace. The long hood has been beautifully sculpted to reach back and meet the swept-back windshield.
The greenhouse is surrounded by a chrome bezel as it curves around to the C-pillar, creating a beautiful glass droplet.
An upward sweeping chiseled indentation runs from just behind the front-door cutline all the way to the taillights in a seamless transition.
Chrome accents can also be found in the lower parts of the doors, as well as in the rear fascia. Opting for the Technology Package means adding 19-inch alloy wheels that have a definite resemblance to a jet turbine.
Around back, the Cadenza comes with standard LED taillights that have been designed and positioned so that they cove a large portion of the vehicle.
This helps broaden the stance of the car, whereas the twin oval tail pipes are in place to show off the sporty elegance of the Cadenza.
Premium look inside the new Cadenza
The elegance continues to the interior of the vehicle, as leather upholstery and accents of wood and chrome deliver a comfortable, inviting cabin space.
The use of ambient lighting and a horizontally positioned switch gear give the driver an uncluttered space.
Amid all the technology is an analog place that is classis, yet very much at home in the sophisticated center stack.
The center console is slightly angled towards the driver so that it can be easily controlled, while the 7-inch LCD screen displays all manner of important vehicle information.
All of the standard controls such as HVAC, audio, and air vents, are surrounded by elegant chrome bezels.
Wood trim accents can be found on the door inserts, whilst standard features such as one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators add to the premium image conveyed by the all-new Kia Cadenza 2014 (Model Year).