Revealed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the all-new Kia Cadenza, despite not available in the UK, demonstrates Kia’s new design language as well as previewing future technology we can expect to see in later UK Kia models.
The design of the new Cadenza is a result of a focus on “the simplicity of a straight line”, defined by a single contour spanning the length of the car, making for a sleek profile. This line goes from the Z-shaped lighting signatures to the LED tail lights, creating a more distinctive presence. The Cadenza has also received a more idiosyncratic version of Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille. A more hexagonal shape creates a bolder stance and emphasises it’s width. The grille also curves back towards the engine.
Technology that we can expect to see in future UK models include a host of driver assistance systems – including a forward collision warning system, autonomous emergency braking and a new blindspot detection system, which applies that brakes to one of the front wheels when the car senses it is straying out of lane. New tech also includes a more clear birds eye-view of the car with the Surround View Monitor and a new Head Up Display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard and a wireless smartphone charger also features. This tech is cocooned in the Cadenza’s wraparound dashboard that flows into each door panel. Nappa leather is lso available with quilted seat bolsters accented with diamond stitching. The lowered seats benefit from a smart control heating system, which automatically lower the heat after a certain period of time.
The second generation Kia Cadenza will go on sale towards the end of 2016, in countries where the previous model is also sold. Strong demand for this new model may however see it come into other markets in the future.