Kia has pulled the wraps from its new large sedan, known in its homeland as the K7 and in other overseas markets as the Cadenza.

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Today’s unveiling, which follows the release of three teaser images last week, follows the 2010 launch and 2013 facelift of the current first-generation model.

As with the outgoing sedan, the new 2016 Cadenza will not be offered in Australia, with Kia’s local arm instead looking to the mid-sized Optima to cover its bases in the family-car segment.

Buyers seeking a larger option in Australia are instead pointed to the Sorento SUV and Carnival people-mover.

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Kia says the new Cadenza represents a leap forward in styling and a nod to the outgoing model, retaining its “progressive and contemporary” proportions while hinting at the next step in the carmaker’s evolving design language.

There’s a new low-set and deeply sculpted “reinterpretation” of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille design up front, flanked by long headlights that reach back along the front quarters, while broad LED fog-light sets fill out the bottom corners.

A long and unfussy profile stretches back to the long coupe-like C-pillars, ending at a short rear deck with large tail lamps and sports-styled exhaust finishers along the bottom.

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Kia promises a more premium look and feel in the cabin, although interior shots are still to be revealed.

Full details on the new Cadenza are still to come, with mechanical and powertrain details still under wraps until its early 2016 launch date draws nearer.

In its current form, the Cadenza rides on Hyundai and Kia’s front-wheel drive Type-N platform, shared with the Hyundai Azera, which was sold in Australia - in a past life - as the Grandeur.