Update: 2014 Kia Cadenza Expanded Review
Kia has announced the upcoming arrival of a premium model for their lineup, the 2014 Kia Cadenza.
Their goal is to incorporate upscale amenities and design into a new model for entry into the premium-sedan market. Kind of like when Kia parent company, Hyundai, first introduced the Genesis back in 2008. Pricing for the Cadenza will be announced closer to the vehicle’s release around spring.
The exterior is definitely a new look for a Kia model. The long and contoured hood is fronted by unique, open grille that hovers between quad headlights. Chrome trim runs along the lower portion of the doors and surrounds the grille, fog lights and windows. LED tail lights with twin oval exhaust tips decorate the rear.
The interior is accented by chrome bezels, wood-trim door inserts and centered between the A/C and audio controls is a classy analog clock.
The 2014 Kia Cadenza is powered by a 3.3L V-6 that produces 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm. The all-aluminum engine boasts a maintenance-free timing chain, continuously variable valve timing with direct gasoline injection for performance and fuel economy and a three-step variable induction system for enhanced torque. The six-speed automatic transmission can be switched into a manual shift mode and operated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The car rests on a sport-tuned, independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multi-link design in the back. 60 percent of the body’s structure is strengthened through High Tensile Steel to improve torsional rigidity. Noise reducing technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper on the rear cross member and specially designed wheels, add to the feel of a luxury sedan while in operation.
Standard equipment includes a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices, a high resolution 8-inch touchscreen display, a back-up camera and warning system and a 550-watt, 12-speaker audio system with rear surround speakers and a subwoofer. Luxury basics like leather seat trim, climate control with rear seat ventilation, keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth technology are also included.
The Cadenza has two package options to choose from: The Premium Package and the Technology Package.
The Premium Package adds in a full-length, panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting, a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa leather seats, a memory enabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension, heated outboard seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column and a power rear sunshade.
The Technology Package will add 19-inch alloy wheels, an electric parking brake, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and can bring the car to a full stop if necessary), a water repellent windshield and a radar-based Blind Spot Detection system and a Lane Departure Warning System.
Stay tuned for much more coverage from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.