Kia has released a trio of teaser sketches for its next Cadenza large sedan, ahead of an official unveiling for overseas markets.
Australian buyers won’t be seeing this one in local showrooms anytime soon, as the Cadenza focuses mainly on Kia’s home market of Korea (wearing K7 badges) along with the US.
The Cadenza sits above the midsized Optima in Kia’s passenger car line-up, and this new version is set to arrive in overseas showrooms next year as a 2017 model. The second-generation Optima arrived in Australia this week.
A renewed Cadenza also points to a continued focus from Kia on the large car segment, following the decision from sister company Hyundai to establish Genesis as a stand-alone, luxury brand.
Kia has drawn plenty from the new Optima’s look with this new Cadenza, with similar styling lines up front matched with a new ‘shark mouth’ grille in place of the now-familiar Kia ‘tiger nose’ grille.
The new Cadenza also evolves the look of the outgoing model, which first arrived on the scene in Korea in 2010 but didn’t arrive in the US until 2013.
Kia says the new model “sets new standards for design and interior quality”, with higher levels of luxury and refinement.
The interior boasts higher-quality materials for the new model, with a layout that largely mirrors that of the Optima.
Pricing for the new model in the US market is set to start from around US$35,000 (AU$49,000).
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