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2013 Kia K7 / Cadenza Sedan Unveiled During Korean Event, will be Sold in North America

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It's not difficult for Kia to come up with a mid-life refresh for its cars as the Korean company is constantly updating its automobile range and together revising its design language.

Back in September, CarScoop reader Sach Mathur spotted Kia testing a camouflaged K7 sedan in Colorado, which not only confirmed the pending facelift but also the brand's intentions to launch the car in North America, most likely under the Cadenza nameplate.

Today, pictures of the updated K7 shot during a special presentation in South Korea made their way on local forums and websites.

The redesign of the K7 is a predictable one as it entails a new face with a lower-mounted and sleeker looking front grille, revamped headlamps and a re-styled bumper that brings the mid-size sedan in line with the brand's latest models, such as the K9 / Quoris luxury sedan, the 2014 Forte, Carens MPV and the Cee'd / Pro_cee'd hatchbacks.

The sedan's profile was also updated with new mirrors, front fender air vents borrowed from the K9, and thicker chrome strips on the lower part of the doors. At the back, the K7 sports a newly designed set of tail lamps together with a re-sculptured bumper and oval exhaust pipes.

The Korean media made word of an updated interior as well, but at this time, we do not have any images of the car's cabin.

The K7 is expected to launch in Korea next month, while the North American Cadenza is rumored to arrive in the market in the first half of 2013, positioned above the Optima and likely offered with a 293hp, 3.3-liter V6 connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

Photo Credits: Bobaedreamcar

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13 Comments:

Matt said... »October 20, 2012

Wow, I want one ...

eIjlijk774 said... »October 20, 2012

LOL It copied the rear of 2012 Audi A6 but just added a couple chrome bits...

Earl said... »October 20, 2012

Overall shape is nice...but those chrome strips has to go.

Jason Andrew said... »October 20, 2012

another FORD design ripped off

Alex said... »October 20, 2012

Kia's Azera; love that blacked out [sun]roof. Very boring tail lights though, especially after such an aggressive front fascia

asdfgh said... »October 20, 2012

youre insane THIS LOOKS NOTHING LIKE A FORD.

Guest said... »October 20, 2012

Too much bling, which usually means the designers copied an existing design and just added embellishment.

Rbgragg68 said... »October 20, 2012

Yeah, FORD would never rip off a design would they? Aston Martin front ends?

Alx said... »October 20, 2012

seriously!? try Audi and BMW instead! 

I mean, c'mon...this is pretty embarrassing now what Kia is doing. 

also...people still criticise Audi for having their cars all look alike - imo Kia is heading down the same, just a little uglier and cheaper, road!

bd said... »October 21, 2012

 Except that the Cadenza has been on sale for a few years and when has a Ford looked so good.

Flossythesheep said... »October 21, 2012

Have you actually seen a 2012 Audi A6?!

Trunxz said... »October 22, 2012

two words, bmw and audi...

Rbgragg68 said... »October 22, 2012

Except with better reliability, and a lower purchase price.

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