The Cadenza executive sedan gets a major facelift very soon and it will go on sale in South Korea before reaching other global markets
The facelifted version of the Cadenza sedan is being prepared for a big debut. Ahead of its launch, Kia has begun teasing the model with a set of pictures and a video. The executive sedan replaced the Opirus in November 2009 and is sold in several global markets such as South Korea, United States, Canada, China and the Middle East.
The first generation Cadenza was available between 2009 and 2016 and it used Kia’s Type-N platform with a range of direct injected petrol engines. Competing against luxury sedans, the Cadenza is also sold in South Korea as K7 and it will be released there before reaching other countries. The launch of the second generation Cadenza is very soon in its home market.
The facelifted model has taken an evolutionary approach to design by adopting design cues from the latest crop of Kia models. The front end features a pair of slimmer headlamps that complement the exaggerated Tiger Nose grille while the bumper section is also revised this time around. The tail lamps have been updated with new signature lights while a light strip connects the new housing with the Kia logo placed on the boot lid.
Kia could introduce new colour palettes and a range of customisation options with the upcoming executive sedan while the interior gets a suite of changes including a redesigned centre console and dashboard, a larger touchscreen infotainment system positioned above the new air cons, updated climate control system, and so on.
The gearshift area appears to have been tweaked as well in design while the steering wheel is carried over from the outgoing model. The Kia Cadenza facelift won’t have big changes between the markets and it could enter the United States and Canada towards the end of 2019. It is currently powered by a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine developing a maximum power output of 290 horsepower.
As for India, Kia is debuting with the Seltos premium SUV that will compete against Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and MG Hector. It will be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic transmission options. The Seltos will be showcased on June 20 before going on sale later this year.