20/10/09 – Update: Kia Australia says the Cadenza is only destined for Left Hand Drive production at present so we won’t be seeing it here.
Although Kia Australia is not competing in the large-car segment (even the mid-size Magentis is no longer high on the agenda), we were all amazed to see the first images of Kia’s new large car, the Kia Cadenza.
The new European inspired designs from Kia are starting to set design standards in the Asian manufacturing world. The Cadenza, which will replace the Kia Opirus (known as Amanti in North America) is Kia’s full-size luxury car.
Known in South Korea as the Kia K7, the Cadenza appears to be almost identical to the KND-5 concept we saw earlier this year at the Seoul Motor Show, not that we’re complaining as any car company that can keep their production design close to its concept is doing something right.
Being Kia’s luxury car the standard features list is relatively extensive. For the Korean domestic market it includes; heated steering-wheel, ventilated driver’s seat, front and rear parking assistance system, tyre pressure warning system, reversing-camera, satellite-navigation system, panoramic sunroof and even lane departure system.
Powering the large sedan via the front-wheels will be either a 2.4-litre four-cylinder or a 209kW, 3.5-litre Lambda II V6 engine. Rumors suggest Kia might even try its luck with a 2.7-litre LPi engine (using LPG fuel), of course there is no reason to think a diesel variant won’t be available in the future either. Transmissions include six-speed manual and automatic.
With the Cadenza Kia has shown that it can design good looking cars in all sizes. The Cadenza’s global debut will take place later this year, whether or not it will come to Australia is a question CarAdvice has already asked Kia. Article will update once we hear back.
If Kia Australia can secure LPG powered Cadenzas should it bring this model to Australia?