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Kia moving away from sedans

Kia moving away from sedans

Kia is retiring the Cadenza and its flagship K900. Just a year after a major revamp the Kia Cadenza is being retired in favour of crossovers. The same for the K900.

Kia says the move is in line with customer requirements.

“An important part of our growth as a brand is our ability to understand market conditions and recognize our customers’ needs,” Kia said in a statement.

“To that end, as the auto industry shifts its focus from full-size sedans to SUVs … the K900 and Cadenza will be discontinued for the 2021 model year.”

It isn’t the end of all Kia cars though. The automaker did say the Stinger, K5/Optima, Rio and Forte will remain in production for the foreseeable future.

It’s a real shame the Cadenza is being discontinued as it’s a great looking car. If you’re also a fan, now is the time to get one!

2020 Kia Cadenza

The 2020 Kia Cadenza was well known for its excellent driving manners and build quality. Improvements in the cabin made it a true competitor to some leading continental brands too.

The new grille and front fascia were a brave move but seems to have resonated with sedan fans. The rest of the profile is a smooth, rounded design with little panel detailing. This gives it a very grown up feel which also suits its target market.

Inside, the seating is comfortable, the leather is especially nice. Front seats are adjustable and supportive and there is plenty of head and leg room in both rows.

Under the hood

Under the hood of the 2020 Kia Cadenza is a 3.3-litre V6 engine that delivers 290 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. It’s a smooth engine with an 8 speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels.

The engine is perfectly tuned to provide a smooth, unruffled ride. The suspension is well balanced and some changes underneath means less road noise and a better driving experience across all road types.

The 2020 Kia Cadenza comes with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, active lane control and safe exit alerts as standard.

Most models also come with LED lighting, 18 inch alloy wheels, a new instrument cluster, 4.2 inch information display, 12.3 inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and USB charging.

It’s a genuine shame that yet another automaker is moving away from sedans but we are where we are. If people aren’t buying them, automakers shouldn’t make them. It will be a sorry sight with nothing but trucks and SUVs on the streets but that’s the way the industry is going.

If you want to be a little different, the 2020 Kia Cadenza makes an excellent daily driver. Check it out at Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario

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