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    Thread: 2020 Kia Cadenza Facelift Revealed in South Korea

    1. Member omoderncultureo's Avatar
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      06-12-2019 11:35 AM #1


      Kia has officially unveiled the facelifted K7 in Korea and gave it a new name to show that this is more than a regular mid-life makeover.

      Marketed as the K7 Premier in Korea, the executive sedan will arrive later this year in North America as well where it will be sold as the 2020 Cadenza.

      The official photos released by Kia are consistent with the teaser images from last week that showed the saloon with redesigned front and rear ends as well as an overhauled interior.

      Exterior highlights include the new aggressive grille that’s similar to the one on the Chinese-market Kia K3, the sleeker LED headlights with a DRL signature that “embraces” the grille, new LED taillights that span the entire width of the car, and redesigned bumpers.

      The interior received its fair share of updates as well, chief of which is the new wide format 12.3-inch Uvo infotainment system with navigation that fits snugly atop the redesigned center console and under the upper edge of the dash. Kia has also fitted the K7 Premier with a digital cockpit, a redesigned multifunction steering wheel, and new shift-by-wire transmission lever. Even the shape of the air vents has been modified.

      The facelifted Kia K7 Premier’s cabin is said to combine high-quality materials with improved refinement thanks to a quieter environment made possible by the revised sound insulation of the windows and the underbody. Plenty of tech is present onboard as well, including a head-up display system, AI-powered voice control system, and DriveWise driver assistance package.

      The latter includes systems such as Blind-spot View Monitor, Lane Following Assist, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control Curve, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist-Rear).

      Significant changes take place under the hood as well, with the K7 Premier gaining a new Smartstream 2.5-liter GDi gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic transmission — the latter comes standard with all powertrains. Alongside the new 2.5-liter gasoline unit, the K7 Premier will also offer a 3.0-liter V6 (available in an LPG version as well), a 2.4-liter hybrid, and a 2.2-liter diesel. No specifications have been released yet.

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    4. Member Unilateral Phase Detractor's Avatar
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      06-12-2019 11:57 AM #3
      Not sure about the baleen whale in front, but I would rent this in a heartbeat for a long trip. Looks like a super nice place to spend time.

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      06-12-2019 12:23 PM #4
      This thing is already getting a facelift - yet I couldn't even tell you how the pre-facelift looks without looking it up. I don't think I've ever seen one on the road. Nice front end and interior, though.

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      06-12-2019 12:42 PM #5
      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

      Quote Originally Posted by The Igneous Faction
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    7. 06-12-2019 12:45 PM #6
      Looks like a really good korean avalon......

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      06-12-2019 04:06 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by mpower22 View Post
      Looks like a really good korean avalon......
      Which is to say not as good as an actual Avalon, but 85% the price.
      TOYOTA = Too Often Yankees Overprice This Auto
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    9. 06-12-2019 09:01 PM #8
      That is a nice design. The interior looks really inviting. If it didn't have a Kia badge there would be far more praise.

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      06-12-2019 09:40 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom21 View Post

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      06-12-2019 09:59 PM #11

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      small car that does it all, incredibly reliable too
      06-12-2019 10:00 PM #12
      The Cadenza has been living a life of anonymity so far. Will this really save it, especially with SUV's taking up more and more market share? Kind of looks like a BMW and a Buick gave birth to it.

    14. 06-12-2019 10:26 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by antilock View Post
      The Cadenza has been living a life of anonymity so far. Will this really save it, especially with SUV's taking up more and more market share? Kind of looks like a BMW and a Buick gave birth to it.
      Well its a better design than most BMWs now...

    15. 06-12-2019 10:47 PM #14
      Is it Cadenza or Optima? This looks too small and down market. Cadenza was just refreshed a couple of years ago.

      (relatively) New Cadenza:

      New Optima?

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