The North American International Auto Show continues as Kia has introduced the 2014 Cadenza in Detroit.

The North American International Auto Show continues as Kia has introduced the 2014 Cadenza in Detroit.

Designed to battle the Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon, the Cadenza has a “Tiger Nose” front fascia with plenty of chrome trim. Out back, there's a dual exhaust system and LED taillights.

Since the model is positioned as a premium car, it comes nicely equipped with leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Infinity audio system. There's also an 8-inch touchscreen display with GPS navigation and UVO eServices.

Customers can also order a Premium package which adds Nappa leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a digital instrument cluster. Other goodies include HID headlights, heated seats and a power tilt / telescoping steering column.

The Cadenza also offers a Technology package with a "water repellant hydrophobic" windshield, a Blind Spot Detection system and 19-inch alloy wheels. There's also an electric parking brake, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and a Lane Departure Warning System.

Motivation is provided by a 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that develops 293 bhp (218 kW) and 255 lb-ft (345 Nm) of torque. It sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Cadenza will go on sale in the United States in the second quarter of 2013 and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

2014 Kia Cadenza arrives in Detroit [video]