Kia is gearing up for the release of the second-generation Cadenza, the automaker's large front-wheel drive luxury sedan. The next-generation Cadenza is set to succeed the current model, which was released in South Korea back in 2010.
"The all-new Kia Cadenza will set new benchmarks for cutting-edge design, interior quality and contemporary luxury when in goes on sale in overseas markets in 2016," said Kia in a press release.
Kia has released three teaser images that preview the Cadenza. From these images, it is clear that the forthcoming sedan will feature a restyled exterior and will be built using more premium materials.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza seems to have been inspired by Kia's Sportspace and Novo Concept cars. There are also design similarities with the 2016 Kia Optima.
The Cadenza sedan comes with a sleek and sporty design. With a wide and low stance, it looks sharper and more aggressive. The new Cadenza will come with an elongated bonnet, Kia's signature "tiger-nose" grille, tapered headlights, grid-patterned fog lamps and square exhaust tips.
The tall sedan also comes with sharper styling lines including a high-set beltline, clean body panels and a long sloping roofline. With its unique design, the next-generation Cadenza will be instantly recognizable.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza may still be powered by the current model's 3.3-liter V-6 engine mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is also rumored that Kia will unveil a second powertrain option – a smaller four-cylinder hybrid engine.
The upcoming four-door luxury sedan will also come with a fresh, updated and elegant new look. While the sedan's interiors maintains the horizontal layout of its predecessor, it will feature more premium and high-quality materials. Car enthusiasts can look forward to seeing soft-touch materials and metal accents inside the cabin. The 2017 Kia Cadenza will also be more spacious than its predecessors.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan is expected to make its official debut next year and arrive at U.S. dealers by fall 2016.