2014 Kia Cadenza Marks Kia’s Premium Segment Debut


Based on the Hyundai Azera, the Kia Cadenza just made its way into the public eye here at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, marking Kia’s entrance into the premium-sedan segment.

The most powerful V6 in Kia’s stable lives under the hood; a 3.3-liter that pumps out 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. To make the Cadenza a more engaging drive, it is fitted with a sport-tuned fully independent suspension and a “Sportmatic” manual shift mode complete with paddle shifters.

The real Cadenza story comes from the interior, a point of pride for Kia, as the brand claims it will “introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium segment.”

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Two option packages are available, either the premium package or the technology package. Standard features included on the base-level car are an eight-inch touchscreen complete with UVO infotainment, a 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system, leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, keyless entry with push-button start and a 10-way power adjustable driver seat.

Opt for the premium package, and you get a panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system, LCD instrument cluster, Nappa leather seats, 12-way ventilated driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.

The technology package steps up the Kia’s driving performance, adding 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. It also includes a water-repellent hydrophobic windshield, a radar-based blind spot detection system and a lane departure warning system.

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