The new large luxury sedan will be known as the K7 in it's home country and replaces the Opirus/Amanti. Styling has been heavily inspired by the KND-5 Concept Car and is the first model to ride on the company's new “Type-N” platform.

Korea was treated to the unveiling of the all-new Kia Cadenza today. The new full-size luxury sedan will be known as the K7 in it's home country and replaces the Opirus/Amanti. Styling has been heavily inspired by the KND-5 Concept Car and is the first model to ride on the company's new front wheel drive "Type-N" platform.

Although the new Cadenza is a little shorter than the Amanti at 4965mm, the overall wheelbase has been extended to 2845mm giving occupants a little more cabin space. The interior also houses some nice luxury features including cabin mood lighting, a welcome system and Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning.

The Cadenza is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine boasting 290hp and 338 Nm of torque. The power is passed to the front wheels via a six speed automatic transmission. Performance has been enhanced over the predecessor with an all-new and more compact suspension system and a lower kerb weight of 1575kg. The car will now propel from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). Two more gasoline engines will also be available, including an entry level unit with 165hp.

Production of the new Kia Cadenza will begin this month at Kia’s Hwasung facility for the domestic market, while export markets begin in January 2010. Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa during March 2010. China begins in June 2010. No mention of North America and Europe yet.

 

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