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by Tim Beissmann

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.




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