The 2013 Kia Cadenza is the latest model in Kia’s line-up to benefit from a significant styling overhaul ahead of its introduction to a number of international markets in 2013.

The large Cadenza sedan embraces the design language of the brand’s chief stylist, Peter Schreyer, who has been responsible for reinventing and revitalising the look of almost every model in Kia’s global showroom.

The Kia Cadenza (K7 in its domestic market) shares much with the larger Kia Quoris sedan, which was displayed at the 2012 Sydney motor show earlier this month.

Like the Quoris, the Cadenza is expected to go on sale in the US sometime during 2013, although both cars remain out of reach for Australia at this stage.

Kia Australia chief operating officer Tony Barlow confirmed earlier this month that he was aware of no plans for either model to be produced in right-hand drive, putting them off the table at least in the short term.

The 2013 Kia Cadenza, which sits above the mid-sized Kia Optima, brings with it dimensions similar to those of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, clean lines and features, and handsome proportions.

Fresh designs for the headlights and tail-lights, front and rear bumpers and the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille create a more confident expression than that exuded by the outgoing model.

Although the cabin of the 2013 model is yet to be revealed, it is tipped to get an overhaul inspired by the luxury Quoris limousine, scoring new technology features, higher quality materials and a cleaner overall layout.

The Cadenza teams a six-speed automatic transmission with three petrol engines: a 148kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder, a 198kW 3.0-litre V6 and the top-performance 216kW 3.3-litre V6, the latter of which helps the large sedan from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds.

More details will be revealed at the 2013 Kia Cadenza’s official unveiling in Korea later this year.




  • Golfmother

    Kia cadaver , dead boring .

    • gt86.com.au

       on par with bmw designs :) sure this is the copy, but the boring sentiment remains.

  • c3vzn

    On looks alone this seems to be worth $50k. They should bring this down along with a sports variant. 

  • F1orce

    The Equus competes with the likes of the S-class. Since it is big, expensive and is a V8

    So i assuming this will compete with the Azera, Maxima, Avalon, Taurus etc?..

  • Gunghrin

    looks like a mondeo and a 5 series made love in Korea

  • 86 = hairdressers car…

    Typical 16 year old trolls, posting unfounded comments with nothing to back up their childish statements. Explain how this is “boring”? What does it take for a car not to be boring? Does it have to look ugly for it not to be boring? Have you not heard of the word understated?

    Pay more attention in English class then come back with a solid answer.

    • Nasal Explorer

      iT, Has, too, look, Lyke, A, Komodoor, to, noT, bEE, bOOring. KomodooR RulZ

      Signed: 16 year old twit (how’s the punctuation/spelling?)

  • KiaK9

    dying that Australia can’t have either this or the K9!!!

  • $29896495

    I think it looks good, but we don’t need another big car here, which may NOT sell, because of it’s size. Still you never know if the price was right the two top models might fly out the show rooms. Pitty though, it is a bit better proportioned than certain big cars on our roads right now.