Big sedans still matter.
Although some automakers are discontinuing their respective full-size sedans, Kia and its sister brand Hyundai refuse to follow suit. Making its live debut here at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show is the facelifted 2020 Kia Cadenza. This is the second-generation Cadenza, which was initially revealed back in 2016 as a 2017 model. Compared to its immediate predecessor, the then-new Cadenza was a dramatic styling departure and all for the better. The refreshed 2020 Cadenza, known as the K7 in South Korea (also pictured here) is available in two trims, Technology and Limited, and receives some significant exterior and interior updates along with new tech features that owners will appreciate.
Starting with the exterior, notice the redesigned hood and grille, the latter featuring an enhanced waterfall-like fascia. Multi-lens LED headlights are now standard and the daytime LED units have been redesigned. The lower front fascia with integrated turn signal lights is also new, as is the rear bumper and trunk lid. We also like what Kia has done with the new taillight LED design. Lastly, new designs for the standard 18-inch wheels and optional 19-inchers have been added. Kia saved the most significant design and technology changes for the interior.
The outgoing Cadenza already had one of the best quality interiors for the money, and Kia has taken things to an even higher level. The dash and instrument cluster are all-new. For added convenience, the audio controls have been relocated to above the climate switchgear. All new Cadenzas receive a 4.2-inch TFT color screen and a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth as standard. Limited models receive multi-color ambient LED mood lighting and quilted seat bolsters.
There are also two new Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery colors, Saddle Brown and Gray. For added user convenience, Kia tossed in three more USB charging ports, a more powerful 10-watt wireless fast-charging phone charger, and Smart Key with remote engine start.
Kia's safety suite of advanced driver-assist features, called Drive Wise, also received some attention by way of new features, among them Sensor Fusion which combines Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Smart Cruise control. Other systems included are Blind Spot Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist, and Safe Exit Assist. What hasn't changed from last year is the 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic sends power to the front wheels.
Sales are slated to begin later this year with official pricing to be announced closer to that time.