Author: Steve Allen |
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Second-Generation Cadenza Boasts Luxury Refinements with Expressive Styling, Advanced Technology, and Refined Powertrain

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The all-new 2017 Cadenza arrives to market with higher levels of luxury, technology and convenience than its predecessor, and it comes wrapped in a beautiful, bold design inspired by the simplicity of the straight line. The second-generation Cadenza boasts a stronger body structure and powertrain enhancements along with a more engaging driving experience than before.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

“The new Cadenza adds an extra dose of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking looks and premium refinements,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America. “The Cadenza’s cabin has been improved in early every way, but it’s underneath where the Cadenza truly shines with a stiffer and lighter chassis, eight-speed transmission and vastly improved driving dynamics.”

Elegant and Confident Exterior

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Designed at Kia’s California design studio, birthplace of the unforgettable Track’ster and GT4 Stinger concepts as well as the iconic Soul, the Cadenza’s high-end image exudes confidence and modernity. It all starts with Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer’s oft-quoted philosophy focusing on “the simplicity of the straight line,” defined by a single gestural contour that spans the length of the car, creating its sleek profile. This lineation visually links matching Z-shaped lighting signatures in the headlights and LED tail lights, affording the all-new Cadenza a more distinctive road presence, day or night.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Head on, the Cadenza is more expressive thanks to the newly designed front fascia. While the signature Kia “tiger nose” grille is still an unmistakable design trait, it has evolved into a new hexagonal shape that emphasizes the Cadenza’s visual width with lines extending underneath the headlights. But the more substantial change to the front end is the distinct concave grille, which curves in toward the engine bay, giving the Cadenza its handsomely chiseled face.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Unlike other cars in the segment, the Cadenza is available with two different grilles. Lower trim models will come with the “Diamond Butterfly” front grille that features the same three-dimensional pattern as several siblings within the Kia lineup, but with its own unique appearance thanks to the curved form. Higher trim models will come with the “Intaglio” grille, featuring vertically oriented, faceted blades.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

LED technology within newly designed “piano key” taillights add to the Cadenza’s striking appearance, as it creates visual depth while also complementing the Z-shape lighting signature. Other thoughtful details include tasteful chrome garnishes in all the right places such as on the trunklid, side mirrors, and rear quarter windows, while chrome side molding lends to the Cadenza’s sleeker profile.

While the new Cadenza has the same overall length as the outgoing model, it’s slightly wider and lower in height. The wheelbase has been stretched slightly, contributing to nearly a half-inch of increased legroom for rear passengers. Achieving Cadenza’s sportier profile was achieved by extending the roofline rearward more than two inches, while maintaining rear headroom and slightly improving trunk space.

Exquisitely Comfortable Interior Space

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The interior is thoughtfully redesigned with higher quality materials than the preceding model and higher levels of craftsmanship throughout. Like the exterior, the Cadenza’s soft interior contours are offset by sheared surfaces. Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features real stitching.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The door panels themselves have been adorned with higher quality soft-touch materials, while soft leather envelopes the Cadenza’s cabin space. Nappa leather trim is available with quilted seat bolsters accented by diamond-shaped stitching. For 2017, buyers have greater opportunity to customize their Cadenza, as a dark brown leather trim interior color has been added, bringing the total number of color combinations to four. Like the outgoing model, the White Package remains an option, but has been upgraded with a new black wood-grain-style trim finished with a pearlescent sheen.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Using 3D printed components, improvements were made throughout the cabin to ensure a more engaging driving experience. Early in the design process, 3D printed components provided a sense of how parts feel and respond to the human touch.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The driver’s seat has been lowered for a sportier and more stable feeling, while engineers extended the seat cushion slightly and developed an innovative cushion extension mechanism that slides and rotates, making it easier for drivers to find their comfort zone behind the wheel.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The heating elements used for the seat warmers have been reengineered to more evenly distribute warmth, and as a Kia first, seat heaters now utilize a smart control system to automatically lower the heater operating mode after a certain period of time.

The Driving Experience

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

The 2017 Cadenza is built upon a strong foundation with a body structure composed of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) — more than twice the amount used in the outgoing model, while a driver’s knee airbag brings the total number of airbags in the vehicle to nine.

Bolstering the new Cadenza are cutting-edge driver assistance features1 such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. Another Kia first is the Smart Blind Spot Detection System1 which is designed to sense unintentional drifting toward an adjacent vehicle and automatically brakes the opposite side front wheel to help maintain the vehicle’s intended course.

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Side body panels are stronger and feature increased tensile strength steel to improve Cadenza’s dent resistance. With an increased use of structural adhesive and hot-stamped components, structural stiffness has been increased by more than 35 percent, helping improve driving dynamics. Thanks to the use of aluminum instead of steel in areas like the front steering knuckles, the overall chassis is lighter, while larger bushings on the front and rear subframes improve lateral stiffness and NVH characteristics. Further improving the ride are Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) shock absorbers that maximize ride comfort without sacrificing stability in addition to a Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS), which works to provide a smoother ride over harsh or broken surfaces. The retuned suspension has improved the Cadenza’s lift coefficient (the up-and-down forces exerted on a moving vehicle), resulting in better high-speed stability and handling. Steering is more responsive than before with better on-center feel thanks to a new 32-bit Electronic Control Unit (ECU), replacing the 16-bit processor in the outgoing model.

The 2017 Cadenza’s confident ride and handling are complemented by improvements in NVH. Additional acoustic absorbing laminate in the front windows and windshield reduces wind noise, while a full floorpan undercover quells road noise. Together with increased insulation around the A-pillars, NVH levels have been substantially reduced, resulting in a more serene cabin. The floorpan undercover also helps improve the Cadenza’s aerodynamic performance, along with front wheel air curtains that reduce drag around the tires. Overall, the coefficient of drag has improved from 0.29 to 0.28.

Newly designed standard 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in P245/45R18 tires while the available 19-inch alloy wheels are shod with aggressive P245/40R19 Michelin®2 tires. Behind the wheels, larger brake rotors improve overall braking performance and feel, with the front brakes increased from 11 to 12 inches, and the rears having grown marginally from 11 to 11.1 inches.

Harmonious and Modern Cockpit

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Brimming with technology, the cockpit is designed to provide a more harmonious human-machine interface with ergonomically intelligent design, intuitive controls, and a suite of enhanced convenience features that make the driving experience enjoyable and effortless. New to the 2017 Cadenza is the Head Up Display (HUD)3, which shows key driver information such as speed and turn-by-turn navigation directions on the windshield directly in the driver’s line of sight. In addition, the Surround View Monitor1 has been updated with improved software and resolution that gives the driver a clearer birds-eye view of the area around the vehicle, with newly added reverse guidelines inspiring greater confidence when backing into confined spaces. Other features new to the Cadenza include Smart Trunk, which conveniently opens the trunk lid if the sensor detects the key fob for more than three seconds, and a wireless smartphone charger. The latest generation of Kia’s UVO system featuring Android AutoTM4 and Apple CarPlayTM5 is standard, while a 12-speaker 630-watt Harman/Kardon® audio system featuring Clari-Fi™6 music restoration technology is an option.

Efficient and Durable Performance

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL © Kia Motors

Under the hood is a revised version of Kia’s 3.3-liter V6 engine, which has been retuned for improved fuel economy7. With 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. of torque on tap, the engine sends power to the front wheels via Kia’s first FWD-based eight-speed automatic transmission. The newly developed transmission is highly efficient, providing quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging driving experience through the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra cogs, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the unit in the outgoing model.

Kia engineers also focused on durability and reliability during the development of the all-new Cadenza. Running the V6 at full power and under full-load conditions for 41 consecutive days equates to more than 100,000 miles of real-world use, providing owners with the confidence that the 2017 Cadenza is built for the long haul.

Price

Recommended retail price (MSRP) starts from $32,990

Features & Options

MechanicalPremiumTechnologyLimited
3.3L Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6
S
S
S
Front wheel drive
S
S
S
8-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic
S
S
S
Smart Shift and Drive
S
S
S
High strength unibody body structure
S
S
S
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
--
S
S
ExteriorPremiumTechnologyLimited
18" Alloy wheels
S
--
--
19" Alloy wheels
--
S
S
Dark Satin 19" Alloy wheels
--
--
S
Temporary spare tire
S
S
S
Intaglio design front grille
--
S
S
LED positioning lights
S
S
S
Projector beam headlights
S
S
S
LED headlights
--
S
S
Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) LED type
S
S
S
Front fog lights
S
--
--
LED front fog lights
--
S
S
Rear LED combination lamps
S
S
S
Power folding outside mirrors
O
S
S
Power adjustable heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
S
S
S
Chrome accented exterior mirror base
--
--
S
Puddle lamps
O
S
S
Chrome outside door handles with smart key access for front doors
S
S
S
Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade (express open/close)
O
S
S
Integrated dual exhaust with chrome surround
S
S
S
Solar control glass
S
S
S
UV cut windshield glass
S
S
S
Acoustic windshield and front side
S
S
S
Rear window defroster
S
S
S
Auto rain sensing windshield wipers
--
S
S
InteriorPremiumTechnologyLimited
Manual tilt and telescoping steering column
S
--
--
Power tilt and telescoping steering column
--
S
S
Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
S
S
S
Trip computer
S
S
S
Heated steering wheel
--
S
S
Side rear window sunshades
--
--
S
Power rear sunshade
--
--
S
Adjustable dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors with extension
S
S
S
Overhead LED lamp with sunglass holder
O
S
S
Front door courtesy lamp
S
S
S
Front foot lamp
S
S
S
LED Map lamp
O
S
S
Flocked center glove box and console armrest storage
S
S
S
Split opening center console
--
--
S
Illuminated glove box
S
S
S
Trunk light
S
S
S
Seating & TrimPremiumTechnologyLimited
Leather seat trim
S
S
--
Nappa Quilted leather seat trim
--
--
S
Front seat adjustable headrests (up/down)
S
S
S
10-way power adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support
S
--
--
14-way power adjustable driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support and seat extension
--
S
S
8-way power adjustable front passenger seat
S
--
--
10-way power adjustable front passenger seat with 2-way power lumbar support
--
S
S
Integrated Memory System: Driver's seat, outside mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering column
--
S
S
Heated front seats
S
S
S
Ventilated front seats
--
S
S
Heated rear outboard seats
--
--
S
Rear seat adjustable headrests (up/down)
S
S
S
Front seatback pockets
S
S
S
Rear fixed bench seat with center pass-through
S
S
S
Rear centre armrest with dual cup holders
S
S
S
Rear 12V and USB charging port
S
S
S
Wood grain style trim
S
S
S
Comfort, Convenience & TechnologyPremiumTechnologyLimited
Dual zone automatic climate control with rear ventilation
S
S
S
Power windows with front auto up/down and pinch protection
S
S
S
7" touchscreen color display with integrated rear camera (UVO3)
S
--
--
Navigation System with 8" touchscreen color display
O
S
S
UVO eServices Infotainment System with Android Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone integration
S
S
S
FM/AM/MP3/HD/SiriusXM audio system
S
S
S
8-speaker audio system
S
--
--
Harmon Kardon audio system with 630 watts including 12 speakers with Quantum Logic Surround sound and Clari-Fi technology
O
S
S
USB/auxiliary input jacks
S
S
S
Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming and voice recognition
S
S
S
Smart Key entry with push button ignition
S
S
S
Smartphone Wireless Charging System
--
S
S
Steering wheel-mounted audio/Bluetooth® wireless technology/cruise-control buttons
S
S
S
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
S
S
S
Homelink®
O
S
S
Smart Trunk
S
S
--
Smart Power Trunk
--
--
S
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with auto hold
--
S
S
Safety & SecurityPremiumTechnologyLimited
Dual front advanced air bags
S
S
S
Full-length side curtain air bags
S
S
S
Dual front and rear seat-mounted side air bags
S
S
S
Driver's knee airbag
S
S
S
Front seat-belt pretensioners
S
S
S
Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
S
S
S
Front seat-belt reminder
S
S
S
Energy absorbing steering column
S
S
S
Hood buckling creases and safety stops
S
S
S
Emergency internal trunk release
S
S
S
Immobilizer
S
S
S
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
S
S
S
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
S
S
S
Traction Control System (TCS)
S
S
S
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
S
S
S
Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
S
S
S
3-point seat belts
S
S
S
Front and rear crumple zones
S
S
S
Side-impact door beams
S
S
S
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
S
S
S
Rear child-safety door locks
S
S
S
Impact sensing auto door unlock
S
S
S
Dynamic Driving SystemsPremiumTechnologyLimited
Drive Mode Select: Normal - Eco - Sport modes
S
S
S
Rear View Camera with Dynamic Guideline
S
S
S
Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
O
S
S
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
O
S
S
Lane Change Assist
O
S
S
Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS)
O
S
S
High Beam Assist (HBA)
--
S
S
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
--
S
S
Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
--
S
S
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
--
S
S
Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
--
S
S
Surround View Monitor (SVM)
--
S
S
Head Up Display (HUD)
--
--
S

Specifications



PremiumTechnologyLimited
Engine
Type
Transverse 3.3L V6 DOHC Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Transverse 3.3L V6 DOHC Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Transverse 3.3L V6 DOHC Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Valve System
DOHC, 24 valves
DOHC, 24 valves
DOHC, 24 valves
Horsepower (SAE net)
290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net)
253 lb. ft. @ 5,200 rpm
253 lb. ft. @ 5,200 rpm
253 lb. ft. @ 5,200 rpm
Displacement (cc)
3,342 cc
3,342 cc
3,342 cc
Bore x stroke (mm)
92.0 x 83.8
92.0 x 83.8
92.0 x 83.8
Compression ratio
12.0:1
12.0:1
12.0:1
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Block
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Head
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Cooling System
Liquid cooled circulation, centrifugal accessory belt driven water pump
Liquid cooled circulation, centrifugal accessory belt driven water pump
Liquid cooled circulation, centrifugal accessory belt driven water pump
Emission Control System
Unleaded Fuel (87 octane)
Unleaded Fuel (87 octane)
Unleaded Fuel (87 octane)
Battery (AH)
80AH
80AH
80AH
Alternator
180A
180A
180A
Drivetrain
Electronically controlled 8-speed automatic overdrive with Sportmatic and Smart Shift and Drive
-
-
-
Drive type
FWD
FWD
FWD
First
4.808:1
4.808:1
4.808:1
Second
2.901:1
2.901:1
2.901:1
Third
1.864:1
1.864:1
1.864:1
Fourth
1.424:1
1.424:1
1.424:1
Fifth
1.219:1
1.219:1
1.219:1
Sixth
1.000:1
1.000:1
1.000:1
Seventh
0.799:1
0.799:1
0.799:1
Eighth
0.648:1
0.648:1
0.648:1
Reverse
3.425:1
3.425:1
3.425:1
Final gear ratio
3.320:1
3.320:1
3.320:1
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
112.4 in.
112.4 in.
112.4 in.
Length (in.)
195.7 in.
195.7 in.
195.7 in.
Width (in.)
73.6 in.
73.6 in.
73.6 in.
Height (in.)
57.9 in.
57.9 in.
57.9 in.
Track (in.), (front/rear)
63.3 in. / 63.6 in.
63.1 in. / 63.4 in.
63.1 in. / 63.4 in.
Overhang (in.), (front/rear)
38.2 in. / 45.1 in.
38.2 in. / 45.1 in.
38.2 in. / 45.1 in.
Interior Dimensions
Head room without Panoramic Sunroof
-
-
-
Front (in.)
40.2 in.
-
-
Rear (in.)
37.9 in.
-
-
Head room with Panoramic Sunroof
-
-
-
Front (in.)
38.5 in.
38.5 in.
38.5 in.
Rear (in.)
37.6 in.
37.6 in.
37.6 in.
Leg room
-
-
-
Front (in.)
45.5 in.
45.5 in.
45.5 in.
Rear (in.)
37.2 in.
37.2 in.
37.2 in.
Shoulder room
-
-
-
Front (in.)
58.3 in.
58.3 in.
58.3 in.
Rear (in.)
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
Hip room
-
-
-
Front (in.)
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
Rear (in.)
56.3 in.
56.3 in.
56.3 in.
Interior volume (cu. ft.)
107.8 cu. ft.
107.8 cu. ft.
107.8 cu. ft.
Cargo volume (cu. ft.)
16.0 cu. ft.
16.0 cu. ft.
16.0 cu. ft.
Total interior volume (cu. ft.)
123.8 cu. ft.
123.8 cu. ft.
123.8 cu. ft.
Turning diameter (ft.)
37.2 ft.
37.2 ft.
37.2 ft.
Brakes
Type
Dual-diagonal, split-circuit, power-assisted braking system
Dual-diagonal, split-circuit, power-assisted braking system
Dual-diagonal, split-circuit, power-assisted braking system
Front/rear
12.6 in. / 11.8 in.
12.6 in. / 11.8 in.
12.6 in. / 11.8 in.
Booster Size (in.)
11.0 in.
11.0 in.
11.0 in.
Parking brake
Mechanical Electronic Parking Available
Mechanical Electronic Parking Available
Mechanical Electronic Parking Available
Chassis/Suspension
Body type
Steel unibody
Steel unibody
Steel unibody
Front suspension
Independent MacPherson struts with front stabilizer bar
Independent MacPherson struts with front stabilizer bar
Independent MacPherson struts with front stabilizer bar
Rear suspension
Multi-link type
Multi-link type
Multi-link type
Steering
Steering type
Rack and pinion, Electronic Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Rack and pinion, Electronic Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Rack and pinion, Electronic Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Steering gear ratio
14.4
14.4
14.4
Lock-to-lock
2.71
2.71
2.71
Wheels & Tires
Wheels
18 x 7.5
19 x 8.0
19 x 8.0
Tires
P245/45R18
P245/40R19
P245/40R19
Curb Weight
Automatic transmission (min/max)
3,633 lbs. / 3,728 lbs.
3,770 lbs. / 3,799 lbs.
3,770 lbs. / 3,799 lbs.
GVWR
Automatic transmission (lbs.)
4,718 lbs.
4,784 lbs.
4,784 lbs.
Estimated Fuel Economy
City/highway/combined
20/28/23
20/28/23
20/28/23
Fuel tank capacity (gallons)
18.5
18.5
18.5
4.4 Out of 5
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