This is the right time of year for glimpses of upcoming models and Kia has been busy preparing all of theirs. This time it’s the 2020 Cadenza that is hitting the spotlight having been fully revealed by Kia last week in South Korea.
We saw hints of it before then as it is the K7 over there. Now thanks to the full reveal, we know a lot more about it. South Korean spec tends to differ a little from North American but not so much as to make covering it now a waste of time.
2020 Kia Cadenza
We now get to see that new front grille for real. Hinted at with leaks of the K7, we now see it in all its glory. I’m not sure of it as yet but it definitely looks unique. What looks much better are the lights and lower fascia. The headlights are steeply angled and pulled back while the lower sill is more angular with contrasting trim.
The windshield is also steeply angled and flows around a round roof to the trunk at the back. The rest of the profile has been kept purposely simple and I think it works amazingly well. The light bar at the back also stays true to those leaked images.
Inside, the changes are apparent here too. Mainly in the much larger 12.3 inch touchscreen that now dominates the centre stack. It makes for a tidier dashboard with fewer switches and what looks like a new instrument cluster also looks pretty good. The cabin overall looks much classier than previous models and is a real step up in terms of design and comfort.
We think the K7 version for South Korea will have either a 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre engine. We think we will be getting the existing but updated 3.3-litre V6 of the current model. It currently delivers 290 hp to the front wheels via an eight speed automatic. I would expect efficiency improvements over power but we may get both.
North American Kia cars tend to mainly differentiate from their South Korean cousins through drivetrains. Most design elements and features are retained, if tweaked a little for the western audience. I think it likely that the car you see above will strongly resemble the car you see at our dealership once it is released.
And when is that release? Kia have yet to announced a North American release but as it’s the season for this kind of thing, expect an announcement soon.
In the meantime, visit Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 for great deals on the existing range of Cadenza.