Kia will be releasing their upmarket models into Western Europe, albeit in limited quantities, with the goal of having them all becoming permanent fixtures by the time 2016 rolls around.
The Optima, known as the K5 in South Korea, is currently the largest of the Kia cars offered in Europe.
The models such as the K7 premium sedan, which is also known as the Cadenza in other parts of the world, and the K9 flagship sedan, also known as the K900 in the USA, are currently not available for sale in Europe.
However, the company is looking to change that by bringing the next-generation Cadenza into the European market.
The plan is to make only 1,000 units available so that the Korean car company can get an idea of how it the fully redesigned Cadenza will be received.
If all goes well, Kia may decide to make the sedan a permanent feature in Europe once the next generation is made available.
Cadenza Redesign In 2016
2016 is when the next-generation Cadenza is expected to be released, at which point it may end up in Europe, as well as in Australia, the UK, and South Africa, as Kia is also looking at the possibility of a right-hand drive variant.
Should the Cadenza make it to Europe on a permanent basis, expect it to include advanced technologies found in the new K900 luxury sedan.
Those include a multi-display TFT LCD instrument cluster, heads-up display unit, VIP rear seats with heating, cooling and electronic reclining.
In order to compete in the highly-competitive European market, the carmaker will also have to think about adding a diesel option to the 2016 Cadenza range.
Still, it’s going to be a tough road for Kia, though, going against the best that the Germans have to offer in the premium sedan segment.