Kia has just unveiled official photos of the updated Cadenza, the sister car to the Hyundai Azera, and the little brother to the Kia Quoris.
The Cadenza takes on styling from the rest of the Kia lineup, including the front grille, headlights and front fascia. The rear end takes some style cues from the Optima, while the wheels are also straight from the Quoris.
Unlike the Quoris, which shares its platform with the rear-drive Hyundai Genesis and Equus, the Cadenza will be a front wheel drive model. The 2012 Hyundai Azera runs exclusively with a 293 hp 3.3-liter V6, the most likely candidate to power the Cadenza.
Neither the Quoris or Cadenza have been confirmed for American sale yet, with Kia saying, “we are constantly studying the marketplace to identify new opportunities for growth, and while the idea of a premium offering above the Optima in our lineup is intriguing, no decision has been made regarding such a vehicle at this time.”
Though the company also mentioned that the Optima has enjoyed “higher mid- and upper-trim level mix rates than many established competitors,” reinforcing the need for a luxury vehicle in North America.