New York Auto Show: 2017 Kia Cadenza image

The South Korean automaker has opted to present the 2017 Cadenza model in front of the audience attending the New York International Auto Show.

The Cadenza will reach dealerships sometimes later this year, with the refreshed model using design cues from the bigger Optima. Kia has been pretty mysterious about specifics but said the car makes use of a more prominent tiger nose grille which is flanked by angular headlights with Z-shaped LED accents. On the side our attention was caught by the more dynamic roofline, sportier roofline and bigger use of chrome. Other interesting features include LED taillights, a dual exhaust system, and 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. The 2017 Cadenza has the same length as the outgoing model but it’s now marginally wider and lower while the wheelbase is also longer to make the cabin more accommodating and deliver an additional half-inch of rear-seat legroom.

The interior is more upscale now thanks to enhanced materials, improved seats and a new UVO infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Options include a head up display, a wireless smartphone charger, and a Harman/Kardon audio system. There’s also Nappa leather upholstery and a White Package that includes “black wood-grain-style trim finished with a pearlescent sheen.” Under the hood sits a 3.3-liter V6 engine making out around 290 horsepower, mated to a lighter and new eight-speed automatic transmission. Safety amenities include an Advanced Smart Cruise Control system, a Lane Departure Warning system, and a Forward Collision Warning system with Autonomous Emergency Braking function.