2011 Kia Cadenza: New High-Res Photo Gallery and Details, International Sales Start in January 2010


The all-new Kia Cadenza sedan was officially launched in Korea today where it will go on sale under the name K7. The 4,965 mm (195.5'') long Cadenza will take over the role of Kia's flagship sedan from the 10-year old Opirus, also called Amanti in some markets. Designed under the guidance of former Audi design chief Peter Schreyer, the Cadenza is the production version of the KND-5 concept model shown in Seoul earlier this year. And yes, we couldn't help but compare the Korean sedan's styling to the new BMW 5-Series that was introduced on Monday.

We've yet to see either car in the flesh, but judging from the photos, our first thought is that Schreyer and Kia have really pushed the envelope in the styling department. That, and BMW is playing it a bit too safe with its latest designs...

"Our new sedan looks masculine and luxurious," said Peter Schreyer. "Today, people recognize a Kia at first sight: well balanced proportions, flowing greenhouse and dynamic window graphic plus the big wheels, give this car its confident stance, dignity and elegant personality. The distinctive 'tiger nose' front with its signature grille and headlights are evidence of Kia's new self-confidence. Kia Cadenza is a big step into the future - another quantum leap for Kia," Schreyer concluded.

Inside, Kia's new sedan features an equally contemporary and clean design. Among the many features is a 'mood lighting strip' that runs across the two-tier dashboard and all around the door trims, keyless entry and an engine 'start' button, reversing sensors, a reversing safety camera with interior mirror display screen and a powered extension for the driver's seat cushion.

Even though the Cadenza is shorter than the Opirus, the extended wheelbase (up by 45 mm to 2,845 mm or 112''), additional exterior width and more compact rear suspension, are claimed to ensure more space for the passengers than the old model.

The Cadenza makes use of Korean firm's new front-wheel drive 'Type-N' platform that will be used in other future Kia models. The company claims that, despite the added features, the lighter yet stronger bodyshell, along with all-new suspension systems, helped the Cadenza to achieve a weight loss of up to 130 kg or 287 pounds, compared with the Opirus.

Kia said that the new Cadenza will be offered with a total of three gasoline engines ranging from 165HP to 295HP for the 3.5 liter V6, with all models featuring front-wheel drive and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The Hyundai - Kia Group's new 201HP 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection gasoline should be among the choices.

The 2011 Cadenza will make its overseas world premiere at next month's Riyadh Motor Show in Saudi Arabia on 12 December, followed immediately by an appearance at the Dubai Motor Show on 15 December.

According to the Korean automaker, the Cadenza is scheduled to go on sale in international markets -excluding North America and Europe- in the beginning of 2010. The regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa will get the new Kia in March 2010, while sales in China will begin in June 2010.


Body & Chassis

Four-door, five-seater sedan, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Powered by transversely-mounted V6 gasoline engine driving the front wheels.


3.5-litre / 290 ps : [ Middle East & General Markets ]

Type : 'Lambda II' Quad-OHC, six-cylinder in V, with dual CVVT

Max power : 290 ps (213 kW) @ 6600 rpm

Max torque : 338 Nm (34.5 kg.m) @ 5000 rpm


Automatic : 6-sp with fully auto & sequential manual modes

Suspension & Damping

Front : Fully independent by MacPherson Struts.

Rear : Fully independent by Multi-Link rear axle.


Type : Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion

Gearing : 2.94 turns lock-to-lock with 11.08 metres turning circle


Front / Rear : 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs / 284 x 10 mm solid discs

Wheels & Tires

Standard LX : Alloy 16 in x 6.5J 215/65 R16 tires

Standard EX* : Alloy 17 in x 7.0J 225/55 R17 tires

*Optional on LX


Exterior (mm)

Overall length : 4965

Overall width* : 1850

Overall height : 1475

Wheelbase : 2845


Fuel tank : 70 litres

Luggage (SAE) : 451 litres

Weights (kg)

Curb weight (min.) : 1575

Gross weight : 2065


Top speed / kph : 230

0-to-100 kph (sec) : 7.2

Fuel Economy

Combined cycle : 9.36 (litres / 100 km)*

CO2 : 223 g/km*

*Manufacturer's estimated figure


Anonymous said... »November 24, 2009

hahahaha, you guys are absolutely right about the design. Who would imagine that a Kia would ever look as good as a BMW ten years ago?

Anonymous said... »November 24, 2009

it is just like a Kia's Sonata~
looks really nice !!

Anonymous said... »November 24, 2009

Looks really great, too bad they did it that long !! What about a 4m70 version ?

Anonymous said... »November 24, 2009

copy cat/boring shit

Anonymous said... »November 24, 2009

beautiful looking! It's going help kia change it's image with the forte and soul..the Hyundai-kia group is beating up toyota, ford, gm,honda and now even bmw. of cause it passed lesser makes like Nissan , mitsunasty , dodge, pontaic, Saturn, saab, Mazda about 4 to 5 years Hyundai-kia will be the top automaker no doubt..

Boers_are_pigs said... »November 24, 2009

Hey this is not bad ! With neat styling , if it's refined and quick and the price is right , then it will be a hit !!!

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

There's just something. It looks like something else. There's an influence there. What is it? (A-Hemm...Audi designer).
Looks really good. Clean interior.
Kia will be a serious contender in 2-3 years. Count on it.
And to all of you "quality, cheap looking" cliche people... See first American Honda's, Toyota's, Datsuns, Hyundais, etc., etc.

What do we look for?

- Design (Looks like they're about there)
- Features/Tech (Pretty much what everyone has)
- Engineering (Kia/Hyundai's moved up in the world here)
- Quality (Hyundai is getting there if not there. Kia not far behind)
Price (That's what they do)

Looks like 4 to 4.5 out of 5. Not bad at all. Heck, the Germans, Swedes, Japanese loose the price point to Kia, putting them at 4 out of 5 at best...

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

You're also looking for reliability, and at that, Hyundai and Kia are a million times better than Germans and Swedes

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

"Its even beating BMW"
- I mean BMW is company which has been set up years and years ago. It therefore has that much expertise in engineering and design and manufactures only high end cars. Companies like Toyota, Honda, Kia have come much, much later. These companies make cars for masses which are much more difficult to manufacture as they have to satisfy a wide variety of people in different markets. They have succeeded in such a short time all over the world not just in Europe or something. Now thats progress. It leaves one to imagine the cars that these companies will make in the future.
The Story is still to be told and the future is still to be seen.

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

Ford just called- they want their Focus/Fusion dashboard back

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

actually, the age of a company is irrelivant. It is the competance and expericance of the engineers who work for the company that determine the product it makes.

it is well within the realm of possiblity that an upstart company could be founded tommorow that when assembled with the most talented automotive engineers ever that could utterly humiliate every other auto maker wtih superior engineering irrespective of those auto makers history and age.

Kia might not be that automaker to do so, but to suggest that just becasue BMW has been around for over 50 years and that it is incapible of building inferior products is asinine. It only takes one generation of auto engineers to ruin an automakers reputation and one generation to raise it from the ashes.

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

ford just called again, Dear kia how did you make our ugly dash boards look beautiful , thanks

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

kia's call back...

dear ford it's not that hard to make a beautiful dash, but then again judging from the body lines of the 10 year old focus, it may be hard indeed for you ford. fire your designers of that f'ugly focus is the first start.

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

ford falcon designers should take a good hard look at this car, they might learn something.

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

C'mon people,it's a Kia.

Nothing original,just getting better at copying german cars. Not only they're cheap,they look cheap as hell.They have no character and drive like Shat.

I rather drive a 10 yo BMW than a brand new Kia.

Anonymous said... »November 25, 2009

it's a kia yea but it just out shined a bmw. enough said!

any 10 year old bmw is not even as good today as a new chevy aveo with all the advancement's that cars have made in the last 10 years and why would any fool pay almost as much for a 10 year old bmw that cant even compete with a new Kia in style, advancement's , my chinease fourteen cookie just said, A FOOL IS SOON DEPARTED FROM HIS MONEY ! lol go ahead and buy a 10 year old high millage bmw because you value image over reliability and kia 10 y 100 mile warranty gives you that

Anonymous said... »November 26, 2009

dear kia audi called and they want their rear lights back!!!!

Anonymous said... »November 26, 2009

Things are looking up for the Koreans. If these designs continue,then the other big Japanese, European and American automakers may be in for some tough competition. Great styling and design is always a good thing.

Anonymous said... »November 26, 2009

Stupid enough. The designers of Kia used to work for Audi/VW before

Anonymous said... »December 06, 2009

Good looking. She'll become a worthy contender for the Toyota Camry,the Honda Accord,and the Nissan Teana/Altima in all over the world.

Anonymous said... »December 06, 2009

You can see the same designer worked on Audi - the rear is near identical to the set up on the A4 and Q7 with the license plate sat under the step and the lights following that line. Then with the line the runs in the bumper curving up to meet the tail lights

Anonymous said... »December 12, 2009

I like the looks of it because I like Audis. I'm not sure if this would be so amazing for any other car maker, or if we're just impressed that it's a Kia it does't appear to suck.

Anonymous said... »December 12, 2009

Headlamps appear like an Audi's without all the high tech look

Anonymous said... »January 06, 2010

but audi called first to acura( rdx and mdx), that they want their rear lights back!!!,

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