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Press Release is out:

2017 KIA CADENZA OVERVIEW

2017 Cadenza SXL
Second-Generation Cadenza Boasts Luxury Refinements with Expressive Styling, Advanced Technology, and Refined Powertrain

Stronger, lighter and more rigid body structure delivers a more enjoyable driving experience
All-new Cadenza takes its sophistication to greater heights with beautifully crafted interior
Kia’s first FWD eight-speed automatic transmission improves driving dynamics and efficiency
IRVINE, Calif. – August 16, 2016 – The all-new 2017 Cadenza arrives to market with higher levels of luxury, technology and convenience than its predecessor, and it comes wrapped in a beautiful, bold design inspired by the simplicity of the straight line. The second-generation Cadenza boasts a stronger body structure and powertrain enhancements along with a more engaging driving experience than before.

“The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking looks and premium refinements,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America. “The Cadenza’s cabin has been improved in early every way, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics.”

Elegant and Confident Exterior
Designed at Kia’s California design studio, birthplace of the unforgettable Track’ster and GT4 Stinger concepts as well as the iconic Soul, the Cadenza’s high-end image exudes confidence and modernity. It all starts with Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer’s oft-quoted philosophy focusing on “the simplicity of the straight line,” defined by a single gestural contour that spans the length of the car, creating its sleek profile. This lineation visually links matching Z-shaped lighting signatures in the headlights and LED tail lights, affording the all-new Cadenza a more distinctive road presence, day or night.

Head on, the Cadenza is more expressive thanks to the newly designed front fascia. While the signature Kia “tiger nose” grille is still an unmistakable design trait, it has evolved into a new hexagonal shape that emphasizes the Cadenza’s visual width with lines extending underneath the headlights. But the more substantial change to the front end is the distinct concave grille, which curves in toward the engine bay, giving the Cadenza its handsomely chiseled face.

Unlike other cars in the segment, the Cadenza is available with two different grilles. Lower trim models will come with the “Diamond Butterfly” front grille that features the same three-dimensional pattern as several siblings within the Kia lineup, but with its own unique appearance thanks to the curved form. Higher trim models will come with the “Intaglio” grille, featuring vertically oriented, faceted blades.

LED technology within newly designed “piano key” taillights add to the Cadenza’s striking appearance, as it creates visual depth while also complementing the Z-shape lighting signature. Other thoughtful details include tasteful chrome garnishes in all the right places such as on the trunklid, side mirrors, and rear quarter windows, while chrome side molding lends to the Cadenza’s sleeker profile.

While the new Cadenza has the same overall length as the outgoing model, it’s slightly wider and lower in height. The wheelbase has been stretched slightly, contributing to nearly a half-inch of increased legroom for rear passengers. Achieving Cadenza’s sportier profile was achieved by extending the roofline rearward more than two inches, while maintaining rear headroom and slightly improving trunk space.

Exquisitely Comfortable Interior Space
The interior is thoughtfully redesigned with higher quality materials than the preceding model and higher levels of craftsmanship throughout. Like the exterior, the Cadenza’s soft interior contours are offset by sheared surfaces. Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features real stitching. The door panels themselves have been adorned with higher quality soft-touch materials, while soft leather envelopes the Cadenza’s cabin space. Nappa leather trim is available with quilted seat bolsters accented by diamond-shaped stitching. For 2017, buyers have greater opportunity to customize their Cadenza, as a dark brown leather trim interior color has been added, bringing the total number of color combinations to four. Like the outgoing model, the White Package remains an option, but has been upgraded with a new black wood-grain-style trim finished with a pearlescent sheen.

Using 3D printed components, improvements were made throughout the cabin to ensure a more engaging driving experience. Early in the design process, 3D printed components provided a sense of how parts feel and respond to the human touch. The driver’s seat has been lowered for a sportier and more stable feeling, while engineers extended the seat cushion slightly and developed an innovative cushion extension mechanism that slides and rotates, making it easier for drivers to find their comfort zone behind the wheel. The heating elements used for the seat warmers have been reengineered to more evenly distribute warmth, and as a Kia first, seat heaters now utilize a smart control system to automatically lower the heater operating mode after a certain period of time.

The Driving Experience
The 2017 Cadenza is built upon a strong foundation with a body structure composed of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) — more than twice the amount used in the outgoing model, while a driver’s knee airbag brings the total number of airbags in the vehicle to nine.

Bolstering the new Cadenza are cutting-edge driver assistance features1 such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. Another Kia first is the Smart Blind Spot Detection System1 which is designed to sense unintentional drifting toward an adjacent vehicle and automatically brakes the opposite side front wheel to help maintain the vehicle’s intended course.

Side body panels are stronger and feature increased tensile strength steel to improve Cadenza’s dent resistance. With an increased use of structural adhesive and hot-stamped components, structural stiffness has been increased by more than 35 percent, helping improve driving dynamics. Thanks to the use of aluminum instead of steel in areas like the front steering knuckles, the overall chassis is lighter, while larger bushings on the front and rear subframes improve lateral stiffness and NVH characteristics. Further improving the ride are Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) shock absorbers that maximize ride comfort without sacrificing stability in addition to a Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS), which works to provide a smoother ride over harsh or broken surfaces. The retuned suspension has improved the Cadenza’s lift coefficient (the up-and-down forces exerted on a moving vehicle), resulting in better high-speed stability and handling. Steering is more responsive than before with better on-center feel thanks to a new 32-bit Electronic Control Unit (ECU), replacing the 16-bit processor in the outgoing model.

The 2017 Cadenza’s confident ride and handling are complemented by improvements in NVH. Additional acoustic absorbing laminate in the front windows and windshield reduces wind noise, while a full floorpan undercover quells road noise. Together with increased insulation around the A-pillars, NVH levels have been substantially reduced, resulting in a more serene cabin. The floorpan undercover also helps improve the Cadenza’s aerodynamic performance, along with front wheel air curtains that reduce drag around the tires. Overall, the coefficient of drag has improved from 0.29 to 0.28.

Newly designed standard 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in P245/45R18 tires while the available 19-inch alloy wheels are shod with aggressive P245/40R19 Michelin®2 tires. Behind the wheels, larger brake rotors improve overall braking performance and feel, with the front brakes increased from 11 to 12 inches, and the rears having grown marginally from 11 to 11.1 inches.

Harmonious and Modern Cockpit
Brimming with technology, the cockpit is designed to provide a more harmonious human-machine interface with ergonomically intelligent design, intuitive controls, and a suite of enhanced convenience features that make the driving experience enjoyable and effortless. New to the 2017 Cadenza is the Head Up Display (HUD)3, which shows key driver information such as speed and turn-by-turn navigation directions on the windshield directly in the driver’s line of sight. In addition, the Surround View Monitor1 has been updated with improved software and resolution that gives the driver a clearer birds-eye view of the area around the vehicle, with newly added reverse guidelines inspiring greater confidence when backing into confined spaces. Other features new to the Cadenza include Smart Trunk, which conveniently opens the trunk lid if the sensor detects the key fob for more than three seconds, and a wireless smartphone charger. The latest generation of Kia’s UVO system featuring Android AutoTM4 and Apple CarPlayTM5 is standard, while a 12-speaker 630-watt Harman/Kardon® audio system featuring Clari-Fi™6 music restoration technology is an option.

Efficient and Durable Performance
Under the hood is a revised version of Kia’s 3.3-liter V6 engine, which has been retuned for improved fuel economy7. With 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. of torque on tap, the engine sends power to the front wheels via Kia’s first FWD-based eight-speed automatic transmission. The newly developed transmission is highly efficient, providing quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging driving experience through the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra cogs, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the unit in the outgoing model.

Kia engineers also focused on durability and reliability during the development of the all-new Cadenza. Running the V6 at full power and under full-load conditions for 41 consecutive days equates to more than 100,000 miles of real-world use, providing owners with the confidence that the 2017 Cadenza is built for the long haul.
 

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Alex on Auto Review - much better review. I remember watching his review on the 2014 model as well.

I like his reviews, very in depth and consistent.

Basically his current observations with the brief time he had with the car....

Avalon < Lexus ES < Cadenza (2017)

I can see it. At which point do you stop saying "oh wow, I can't believe a Kia has X and Y" and start saying, "this is just flat out better than the competition"

That line is blurred. So much so that I'm actually disappointed when I test drive the current incumbent luxury models because I'm expecting "well this ought to be A LOT better than the Equus". They're really not.

(This is just hot off my recent test drive between an Equus and a Audi A8L)
 

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I like his reviews, very in depth and consistent.

Basically his current observations with the brief time he had with the car....

Avalon < Lexus ES < Cadenza (2017)

I can see it. At which point do you stop saying "oh wow, I can't believe a Kia has X and Y" and start saying, "this is just flat out better than the competition"

That line is blurred. So much so that I'm actually disappointed when I test drive the current incumbent luxury models because I'm expecting "well this ought to be A LOT better than the Equus". They're really not.

(This is just hot off my recent test drive between an Equus and a Audi A8L)
New car shopping? Isn't the Genesis G90 (Equus replacement) coming out soon?
 

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Alex on Autos has the best reviews, hands down.

I'm liking what I'm hearing so far about the 2017 model.

People were skeptical about the claims that the car would be faster and handle better than the outgoing model. So far, Kia hasn't disappointed!
 

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As nice as the newer model looks, I do not care for the headlight redesign, and I'm not sure why, but the front fenders look so barren and odd. Because of the stretched fenders on the K900, they put an emblem there, and it looks better, I think KIA missed a mark with these fenders.

That being said, the interior redesign is nice, particularly in the center stack by my arm-rest. Once thing I do not like is the glaringly white/silver push button start. I prefer mine currently, black and subtle.

Overall, I wouldn't trade my 2014 for the new one unless KIA gave me a heck of an incentive.
 

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Heh, you're nitpicking. Everything I've seen from the new Cadenza is better than the old model in pretty much every way. Anything else that might not look as good seems extremely trivial and minor to me, the sum of which don't make up for the advantages of the new model.
 

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I REALLY don't care for the look of the new Cadenza. It just looks like 1 single, oval shaped car, like all the rest. It really just kind of blends into the crowd now. Gone are the nice lines that made our cars stand out with an almost beefy, muscly look. I don't like what they've done to the interior either.

That dash doesn't look nearly as nice to me as what mine does (really don't like the vents) and I know it seems more upscale but I don't like the butterfly armrest. If your vehicle is wide and you have the room for it then I think it could be ok, but I don't feel like a Cadenza is wide enough to have a butterfly.

The rear seat sunshades could be nice and I would love to have a HUD, but I don't think I'll go anywhere near the '17. The grills look ok as well but nothing to really write home about. I really think they've gone backwards on some of the design areas, especially on the exterior. They even LOWERED the MPG rating with the new 8-speed transmission. I'm with Scynthyace, I wouldn't give up my '14 for 1 of these unless I got a seriously unreal deal, pretty disappointing.
 

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I agree! I'm sticking with my 2014

I was hoping that the 8-speed would have a greater impact on mpg - but I guess not.
In nearly all aspects my 2014 Cadenza wins - better exterior and interior styling, proven reliability (25K without a problem).
Wish that I had front and side cameras, and then there's that awful dashboard clock - ah well.

Guess I'll wait for the 2020 model - if it still exists. (Given the cars dismal sales record I'm surprised there even is a 2017 model!)
 

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I heard the MPG rating was because the EPA changed how they tested MPG. In Alex On Auto video he mentions this, and stated MPG is up 1-2 MPG from the 14-16s.

Overall, I like the new design, except the rear. Just doesn't look right for some reason.
 

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I heard him say that as well but I like the EPAs current numbers on my car because it's about what I get (24mpg combined). I do my own measurements with fuelly by adding in my miles driven and how much gas I've put into the tank, not the MPG estimator on the car (which is actually pretty accurate, much more so than any other car I've had). I'm still wanting to see how these transmissions do long term, the 7-9 gear ones. I know they've had them in rigs for many years but those are more tough and usually manual (they also have automated manuals too I believe). In theory they are the same as normal autos, just more complicated due to extra gears, but I want to see if that translates to anything else.

The actual technical bit aside (this side is probably all pretty good) I just really can't see why they are going this direction with the Cadenza. Did they mention anything about DRLs for the US version? I don't remember. The outside of the car looks utterly bland once you take your eye away from the grill or the lights on the SXL it's all very humdrum. If you pull into a spot forward you'll lose your car into the rest of the bland sea.
 

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I'm excited for the new 8-speed transmissions. Are they using it in the Genesis/K900 as well?

Don't think so... "Kia Motors has revealed details of its advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission (8AT), engineered for use in front-wheel drive vehicles."


And, "Going forward, Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission will be applied to a number of mid-sized and larger front-wheel drive models, and will serve as a stepping stone to the development of future advanced Kia transmissions."
 
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