Kia Teases Next-Generation Cadenza Luxury Sedan, Optima K5’s Big Brother

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Kia’s preparing to introduce the newest generation of its flagship saloon, the Cadenza. The current version has been around since 2010, prompting the 5th-year upgrade cycle. The Cadenza is also known outside North America as the Kia K7, sitting a notch higher than the Optima K5.

The Cadenza also closely related to other Korean luxury sedans sold in the United States, including the Hyundai Genesis and the Hyundai Equus - both of which are now united under the new Genesis sub brand

Seen in these renderings, Kia’s newest Cadenza is an evolution of the Korean automaker’s established design language seen in its current line up and even some of its more recent concepts such as the SportSpace (2015 Geneva Motor Show) and the Novo (2015 Seoul Motor Show).


First impressions of the new Cadenza’s interior also looks encouraging. Kia is clearly going after a light, airy, and spacious interior with some sporty cues thrown in for good measure. They also say that it uses higher quality materials than those found in any of its previous cars. 

With these renderings showing up with Los Angeles Motor Show just around the corner, perhaps it might make an appearance there. Officially however, Kia says we’ll have to wait until 2016 to see more of the Cadenza, which will then be on sale within the year in unspecified overseas markets. Will Naza Kia Malaysia be expanding their line-up to include a higher-end sedan above the Optima in the near future?

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