The all-new generation of the Kia Cadenza has its own corresponding sibling in the form of the Kia K7 model at home in South Korea, where it tries to stand its ground against foreign mid-size luxury offerings such as the new BMW 5 Series.
The automaker’s new K7 Hybrid is its way of introducing electrification to the masses, and we might remember the South Koreans were offering just like the Japanese such hybrid models long before European competitors were. Anyways, for the K7 the most important specification is the one related to fuel economy, standing at 16.2 kilometers per liter at home, which is translated to 38.1 miles per gallon or 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers for US and European viewers. The new K7 Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter engine and a 38 kW electric motor, helped by a very small 1.76 kWh lithium-ion battery. The internal combustion engine is rated at 157 hp and 152 pound-feet (206 Nm) of torque.
The 1,680-kilogram (3,703-pounds) mid-size sedan is also rated at just 97 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. In South Korea, it packs features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, nine airbags, wood grain trim, LED adaptive headlights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an impressive lifetime warranty for the battery.