• Oct 18, 2009
Kia Cadenza (K7 in Korea) - Click above for image gallery

Kia has dropped the first official photos of its new top of the line sedan, which has been officially dubbed the K7 in the Korean Domestic Market and Cadenza outside of South Korea. The Cadenza is essentially identical to the KND-5 concept that debuted at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year, and to our eye that's a good thing after viewing the rather ungainly Amanti for the last several years.

The Cadenza carries forward the design language that we've seen on recent Kia concept and production cars like the Forte and second generation Sorento. The nose gets a bit more sculpting than the compact sedan, and the overall effect is much more upscale than before. The biggest change from other recent Kias is the relocation of the "hockey-stick" contour line from the rocker panel area to just below the beltline. Look for the Cadenza to make it's global debut at motor shows in the Middle East in December. You can see more pics in the gallery below or check out some b-roll video after the jump.



[Source: Kia]



PRESS RELEASE

Kia Motors Corporation has unveiled the first official picture of the production version of its KND-5 concept car – an all-new sedan designed to satisfy drivers' desire for refinement, safety and emotional satisfaction by creating 'ideal' driving conditions. The stylish luxury sedan, which is to be called 'Cadenza' in markets outside of Korea, will make its overseas premiere at the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai international motor shows, towards the end of the year.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Designer dun get 10million/year for n.th. At least he copied butt from his previous company, Audi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An Amanti replacement is by definition too big for my tastes, but this looks good. Very clean, well-proportioned...and despite the low luxury target of the Amanti, fits really well with Kia's newly discovered brand aesthetic. Very cohesive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very appealing car, clean design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kia really seems to be making the most tasteful, simple designs in the mainstream segments now. All of their competition has switched to clunky, swoopy, and wavey sheetmetal. This car won't really turn a bunch of heads, but how nice to see a new car that won't look ridiculous in 10 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not all that distinctive, but generically attractive and well proportioned. The Amanti always looked like a previous gen E-class wearing a bowler hat to me. Rented one once and it handled like a '78 Lincoln Town Car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The newest model of Amanti actually handles better - but it still feels similar to a Lincoln Town Car - just a much newer model. The new Cadenza looks good enough to sell more than the Amanti did - which had a love it or hate it exterior style. The interior was very comfortable, however.

        This car looks much nicer inside and out.. I'll go take a closer look as soon as I can here in America..

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.hyundaikiaforums.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a sexy car. I wish Ford built Focuses like that.

        And this is a KIA?

        wow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well put, it was truly a joke, this is fine, a little more appealing than the camry visually, or the accord four door. looks like hyundai/kia are gaining a lot more experience in the areas that count.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not crazy about the tail lamps, but overall it's actually quite pretty. Good job, Kia!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I'm glad they basically carried over the concept. It looks very handsome and distinctive (I thought the Forte would stand out from pictures, but on the roads it looks like a Spectra)! Bravo KIA!
      Also, does this mark a new trend in KIA to name cars after musical terms (Forte, Cadenza, ...)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it. A very nice looking car. Its amazing how far the Koreans have come in the last 10 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Cadenza" means "Insignia" in Korean. No doubt in that.

      ...just keep buying this stuff and financing Kim Jong-il and his nuclerar toys... ;)) i'd rather be driving a barrel of puke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        martin is evidently too stupid to read or understand the previous posts which have already DEBUNKED his Insignia assertion (his other assertion, otoh, is even more asinine).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Martin, u're wrong. just give up. cus they are Korean car enthusiasts. Did i say cheap? oh sorry, in a good word, affordable. Haha
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give Martin a break.. He is just trying so hard to get that stand-up comedy gig...

        Unfortunately, however... he is not meant to be.... Maybe next life, Martin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Surely you're joking and realize this comes from SOUTH Korea and Jong-Il is from NORTH Korea and gets no money at all from this. Even if so, it's not really funny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice! Looks so much better than the hideous Amanti. Kia is doing a great job of cleaning up there line-up with vehicles that at least look as if they can be more competitive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW... this is the most blatant RIP-OFF from Hyundai since that time a LONG TIME ago when they RIPPED off the S-Class and the 5series to make the Genesis Sedan... then turned around and ripped off the G37 for their coupe.. Then ripped the Lacrosse off for their Equus, and then ripped off the Nox for the upcoming....


      Anyone who doesn't see that they took an GM Insignia and completely mimicked it going so far to hide their theft by "flipping" the Insignia's side indentation needs a quick visit to the Lasik office near them

      I'm so sick of this BULL *** from these POS Asian companies.

      Click here for pictures:

      http://forums.motortrend.com/70/7895861/the-general-forum/kia-reveals-first-images-of-vauxhall-insi-kia-vg/index.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's here to post his racist garbage since no one is on the Car & Driver forums anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HUGE problem with your assinine contention: The Insignia hadn't been seen undisguised in time for Kia to copy it even. The VG was first spied in nearly production form about a week before the (Vauxhall) Insignia was officially launched at the 2008 BIMS:

        http://www.thecarblogger.net/search/label/Spy%20Shots

        To even begin to believe what your slack ass is claiming, we'd have to believe that in January of '08 when the Insignia was first seen with just paint disguise that Kia ran to the drawing board and based on what they think they saw feverishly re-did the VG to look like it so they could have a test vehicle ready to be spied before the Insignia was officially revealed. Gotta call BS on that one.


        So I have to just say that I'm so freaking tired of every POS moron with a keyboard coming on here and spewing lies that someone copied someone else when a) the cars don't look very much alike if at all and b) when they don't know what the eff they're talking about. So in the future, unless the cars truly look alike beyond having one or two styling cues that are similar and unless the supposed copied car had truly been seen in enough time to actually be copied, why don't you just STFU and keep your untrue and moronic babblings to yourself, OK?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean that they are similar in that they have 4 wheels, 4 doors, headlights, and taillights? Yes, it has the same windshield rake and a similar "hockey stick" side indentation, although Kia's implementation looks much less awkward compared to the one on the Insignia. Other than that, the front, rear, wheels, and greenhouse are all different.

        And honestly, does it really matter? It's not like they are all-out clones. All cars have styling cues derived from other cars. If a company can pull a bunch of styling cues from other vehicles together into an attractive whole, then who really cares? If you don't like it, don't buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey numbnut -

        The Cadenza (code name VG) has been seen in spyshots prior to the reveal of the Insignia and the first images of the new Equus were revealed in 2008 (not that the Equus and LaCrosse look anything like each other than the sweepspear, which also appears on a no. of Chrysler products).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You sir, are as retarded as they come.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they must have ripped off my tub, too, because it has those same side indentations as well!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a major improvement over the Amanti, however, I still am not a fan of the grille that Kia is using. I just don't like it. it looks bad on the Forte, and this, although better, is still unappealing to my tastes. Still, a stunning car nonetheless for Kia, who deserves a better foothold in the US market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would look much better without the chrome mesh insert.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To each their own, but I love the grille. I think it looks perfect on the Forte -- but I'm stunned it still looks good on a really big car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks nice
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