2013 Kia Cadenza

admin July 6, 2011 7

2013 Kia Cadenza. Kia, the Korean manufacturer who’s currently turning everything it touches into gold, seems to think there is potential for another crack at the full size sedan segment. Their previous offering, the baroque and unloved Amanti, didn’t create much of a splash.

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We weren’t sad to see the Kia Amanti ride off into the sunset. Its odd styling, floaty suspension and lack of refinement did little to endear it to American buyers. Its replacement, the 2013 Kia Cadenza, on the other hand, has piqued our curiosity, especially in the wake of several new Kia models that have impressed us.

Styling, both inside and out, is a vast improvement over the outgoing Amanti. We expect the drivetrain to make significant strides forward, too. Globally, the Cadenza is offered with engine choices that range from a 162 horsepower four cylinder to a 286-hp V6. We’re currently unsure which power plants will be available to U.S. customers, but expect the V6 will make it stateside when the Cadenza goes on sale late this year. We also count on a six-speed automatic to be the sole transmission choice. We’ve yet to drive the 2013 Kia Cadenza, but check back later in the year for a full review.

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The Cadenza includes the brand’s signature grille, illuminated headlight cluster surrounds and an Audi esque rump with LED taillights. Knowing who they kidnapped their head designer from, this should come as no surprise.

With a wheelbase of 2,845 millimetres and an overall length of 4,965 mm, the Cadenza is shorter than all other full-size sedans except the Nissan Maxima, but Kia is announcing class-leading front headroom and legroom.

The new sedan’s interior design is elegant, if not quite as striking as in the Optima; the more conventional appearance might be a logical decision, given the target audience. It should include however, the same 3.5 inch colour LCD trip computer, located in the speedo and tach, that’s found in its smaller sister. A 12.3-inch LCD screen should also highlight the centre stack.

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In foreign-market Cadenzas (it’s actually called the K7 in Korea), where the car is already on sale, interior features include available packages with suede, Nappa leather, aluminum accents, a power rear window sunshade, ventilated front seats, an overhead lighting console with LED lamps, a power panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and a folding rear-seat armrest with auxiliary audio and seat heater controls. Exactly how many of these features will be carried over to our market remains to be confirmed (we say bring ‘em all).

Safety features haven’t been spared, as the sedan will be equipped with eight airbags, audible front and rear park assist, a rear view camera, a lane-departure warning system as well as traction and electronic stability control systems.

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Although the Cadenza show car unveiled at the 2009 Seoul Auto Show flaunted 20-inch alloy wheels, our production version will likely feature 17- and 18-inch wheels instead. The Korean-market version makes do with a 2.4 litre inline-4 (201 hp) and a 3.0-litre V6 (270 hp), but we’ll only get the company’s 3.5-litre V6, serving up 290 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed automatic.

According to Kia Canada, the Cadenza will arrive on our market in the fall of 2012 at the earliest. Final specs, features and pricing should be available early next year.


  1. Rick Du Bose August 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I’m wondering if this vehicle will EVER make it to the U.S….First it was slated for 2009, now they tell us possibly in the spring of 2013. Why all the delay? Emissions, safety, reputable U.S. builder? All the hype and no deliverable!

  2. starzzguitar September 12, 2012 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Please, you have to get up to speed. Citing emissions, safety features or worries about it coming from a reputable builder are SO 1997. Kia’s compete and surpass almost all of the so-called established brands including Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, you name ‘em. Fit, finish, performance and style are top notch, not to mention just plain reliable. At any rate, my theory is they are holding off introducing the Cadenza into the U.S. is because they don’t want to over shadow the success of the new Optima too early. My local dealer tells me it’s their top seller right now.

  3. Campbell September 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Is this off the Azera?

  4. autoreviewblog October 21, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Very boring tail lights though, especially after such an aggressive front fascia. It copied the rear of 2012 Audi A6 but just added a couple chrome bits…

  5. khykhykihy October 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    very nice

  6. jamshid ravanshadi January 26, 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

    very nice.

  7. Isaiah R Wofford January 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I am the owner of a 2005 Kia Armanti I really love this automobile and was very disappointed when ai heard that the car had been discountined in 2010. I am very glad that the company has decided to put this atomobile back into service, although under a different name “Cradenza”. I sure hope this version will be as good or better than the original one. I was pleased with it and I will surely expect this car will be as good or better than the original. Plesae keep me informed so I may get all the information and a “Brochure” on the new model. Please E.MAIL me with information. Thank You—– Isaiah R Wofford

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