The Cadenza has been released on the US market roughly three years ago and since then it barely managed to get to around 10,000 units a year which is quite bad considering that some of its competitors are selling more than 50,000 a year. While many people thought that the car was going to be discontinued altogether, Kia took everyone by surprise at the New York Auto Show a few weeks back when they released the 2017 Kia Cadenza. We first thought that the car was going to be a mild facelift but it is in fact an all new car based on a new platform.
2017 Kia Cadenza Price
This allowed Kia to shave a few pounds from the car’s total weight and on top of that, it is now using a stiffer and lighter chassis which should improve the terrible handling of the old model. There are also new technologies installed inside the cabin but the engine is the same as before. This will likely be replaced in a couple of years but until then, the all new Cadenza looks a lot more like the older model with a few added tricks to the mix. The car will be ready for sale starting with the mid of 2016 and the base price will continue to start at $34,000. We really do hope that the car will improve its sales as it is one of the better models out there despite the fact it is not perfect.
Kia Cadenza Interior
On the interior, the 2017 Kia Cadenza looks quite similar to the car it is replacing but it is now offering a more modern approach to the family sedan. The instrument cluster and infotainment system are nearly identical to those on the previous model but this time around there isn’t a shared cowl between the two. However, the dashboard still features a wraparound design and the buttons are still placed similarly to the older model so people who drove the older model will feel right at home. The seats are now better and there are larger side bolster which should improve comfort. Also, Kia worked on the materials available inside the cabin and the mid-spec model can be had with quilted leather which is a really step forward. Safety features include blind spot monitoring, a lane-assist unit which will brake wheels individually to keep the driver in lane as well as a frontal collision warning.
The outside of the car could easily be mistaken to that of the older model but there are in fact quite a few differences. The car features a new grille in the front with a sportier appearance, longer yet slimmer headlights, all new wheels, the already well known four-LED clusters in the fog lamps as well as a large trapezoidal recess on the rear bumper where the number is installed.
2017 Kia Cadenza Specs
Under the hood, the 2017 Kia Cadenza will hit the market with only one engine choice, just like before. The 3.3 liter naturally aspirated V6 has been announced to make close to 290 horsepower, so it will likely be the exact same unit as before at 293 horsepower and little under 260 lb-ft of torque. This time around though, the car will use an all new 8 speed automatic gearbox which will drive its front wheels so it should be more economical and slightly faster thanks to its weight loss and improved chassis’ rigidity. The 0 to 60 MPH time will likely get closer to 6 seconds, its top speed should still be around 155 MPH while the fuel efficiency is definitely going to reach 30 MPG on the highway and close to 20 MPG in the city which is very good for a V6 engine.