Kia South Korea has recently outed a fresh crop of images with the 2016 K7 that will reach dealerships across its home country in a matter of weeks and then morph to become the international Cadenza.
Kia’s all new generation K7 will be called the Cadenza when it hits international markets but rest assured the modifications will mainly be limited to switching the badging. The design – penned by Peter Schreyer and his design team – has gone a long way from the bleaker former generations and we can see how the new sedan is taking some cues from the German competition. Meanwhile, the cabin looks inside the brand for deeper knowledge, being styled with ideas from the bigger K9 / K900 / Quoris and thus looking to have jumped a level or two in terms of looking more upscale than its forbearer. The new K7 is 195.6 inches (4970 mm) long, 73.6 inches (1870 mm) wide, and 57.8 inches (1470 mm) tall, sitting on a 112.4 inches (2855 mm) wheelbase. The K7 / Cadenza can also tip the scales between 3,450 pounds (1,565 kilograms) and 3,681 lbs (1,670 kg) according to powertrain choice.
The engine range varies between a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivering 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet (241 Nm) of torque, a turbocharged 3.3-liter, six-cylinder with 286 hp and 253 lb-ft (343 Nm) and the most economical choice – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel churning out 199 hp and 325 lb-ft (441 Nm) of torque. Wheel set choices go for 17, 18 and 19-inch dimensions, five body hues can be called into action and there are also nice amenities such as three leather upholsteries, some wood trims, a Krell sound system and a head-up display.