Redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza Debuts in South Korea

Redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza Debuts in South Korea

Kia just revealed its all-new Cadenza sedan by releasing a couple photos of the updated 2017 model. This large car is known as the K7 in its home market of South Korea.

A shapely full-size four-door, it offers room for the whole family in a surprisingly stylish package. And much of the Cadenza’s design has been updated for the new model year.

Its face has received a fair bit of work. The brand’s signature “tiger nose” front end has been refined, as have its wraparound headlamps, which seem to feature LED elements.

Matching those re-tooled light fixtures are updated fenders that appear to be shapelier than before. Also, the car gains crosshair fog lights, a signature Kia styling element.

Supposedly this new version of the Cadenza has a more conservative roofline than today’s model, though it’s hard to tell in pictures. Additional chrome accents further dress things up.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Kia Cadenza Review

Regrettably no interior shots of this new Kia have been released, so stay tuned.

‘Round back the car features a “3.3” badge that almost certainly indicates it will features an engine displacing 3.3-liters, most likely one with half a dozen cylinders arranged in a “V configuration. Hyundai-Kia are developing a powerplant of identical displacement that brandishes twin turbochargers for monster performance, though we do not know whether this engine will find its way between the 2017 Cadenza’s front fenders, though it would be pretty awesome.


Beyond a potent V6, this car is also rumored to offer a four-cylinder hybrid propulsion unit, though this is far from confirmed at this time.

What do you think of this new 2017 Kia Cadenza? Is it an improvement over the existing version? We’re not so sure, but make sure to leave a comment below if you feel strongly either way.

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  • Delcy

    Yes, I think this is a significant design improvement. the side windows look much better and the plain sidewalls (doors and fenders) are better also.

  • Richard Serkey

    I can’t really find dramatic or even visibly evolutionary changes in the photos displayed. I see my 2014 Cadenza pretty much whole here (the interior treatment may be another matter). Of course I am biased toward retention of the old design, since I’m keen on keeping my car looking contemporary. But that may be nihil ad rem…there are so satisfyingly few of these around right now, that neighbors and inquiring strangers admire it without knowing what it is anyway.