If it seems that Kia’s corporate brother Hyundai has been stealing all the thunder as the brand moves upmarket, well, you are correct. That is about to change with the introduction of the Kia Cadenza, which is based on the Hyundai Azera. Until now, Kia’s sedan line up topped out with the Optima, while Hyundai had not one but three sedans positioned above the Sonata. All Cadenzas will be powered by a 3.3L direct injected V-6 rated at 293hp, mated to a six-speed automatic. The Cadenza will be offered with one standard model with two option packages. See below for pricing and details. The Kia Cadenza is expected to hit the showroom floor at the end of April.
Standard Cadenza: $35,100USD
All Cadenzas come standard with keyless entry, navigation, an 8″ touch screen, 12 speaker Infinity audio system, rear view camera, leather seating, and power heated front seats.
Cadenza with Luxury Package: $38,100
The Luxury Package adds a panoramic sun roof with power sunshade, Nappa leather, heated rear seat, HID headlights with adaptive front lighting, a 7″ LCD instrument cluster, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, and memory settings for the driver’s seat.
Cadenza with Technology Package: $41,100
Buyers can only get the Technology Package with the Luxury Package. The extra $3,000 gets you 19″ alloy wheels, Advanced Smart cruise control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Hydrophobic front side windows that are supposed to repel water.
All Cadenzas are subject to an $800 Destination charge. Since North Americans have accepted the idea of a Hyundai luxury sedan, Kia’s move upmarket should be an easy one. What remains to be seen is whether buyers prefer the softer lines of the Hyundai Azera, or the edgier, European inspired lines of the Cadenza. Stay tuned!