Facelifted 2020 Kia Cadenza Breaks Cover As The K7 Premier In Korea

Kia has officially unveiled the facelifted K7 in Korea and gave it a new name to show that this is more than a regular mid-life makeover.

Marketed as the K7 Premier in Korea, the executive sedan will arrive later this year in North America as well where it will be sold as the 2020 Cadenza.

The official photos released by Kia are consistent with the teaser images from last week that showed the saloon with redesigned front and rear ends as well as an overhauled interior.

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Exterior highlights include the new aggressive grille that’s similar to the one on the Chinese-market Kia K3, the sleeker LED headlights with a DRL signature that “embraces” the grille, new LED taillights that span the entire width of the car, and redesigned bumpers.

The interior received its fair share of updates as well, chief of which is the new wide format 12.3-inch Uvo infotainment system with navigation that fits snugly atop the redesigned center console and under the upper edge of the dash. Kia has also fitted the K7 Premier with a digital cockpit, a redesigned multifunction steering wheel, and new shift-by-wire transmission lever. Even the shape of the air vents has been modified.

The facelifted Kia K7 Premier’s cabin is said to combine high-quality materials with improved refinement thanks to a quieter environment made possible by the revised sound insulation of the windows and the underbody. Plenty of tech is present onboard as well, including a head-up display system, AI-powered voice control system, and DriveWise driver assistance package.

The latter includes systems such as Blind-spot View Monitor, Lane Following Assist, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control Curve, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist-Rear).

Significant changes take place under the hood as well, with the K7 Premier gaining a new Smartstream 2.5-liter GDi gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic transmission — the latter comes standard with all powertrains. Alongside the new 2.5-liter gasoline unit, the K7 Premier will also offer a 3.0-liter V6 (available in an LPG version as well), a 2.4-liter hybrid, and a 2.2-liter diesel. No specifications have been released yet.

The Kia K7 Premier will be released this month in Korea when customers will be able to pre-order it.


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  • Jason Panamera

    I hope there would be an option for fake wood isntead of gross black.

  • roy

    The interior is a great update

  • WalthamDan

    Grille is starting to more closely resemble a Maserati.

    • alex.remsen

      I agree, which makes it more satisfying for us connoiseurs to be able to tell the difference

      • roy

        This just explains the whole point of our existence

    • PK

      i hope you’re saying that isn’t a bad thing!

    • bd0007

      The original grille was better (more elegant looking).

  • Bige Lee

    The exterior is kinda meh.. but the interior is impressive yet simple. I like the big center screen showing 3 different infomations. Also the blind spot camera on the tach! I love that feature.

  • Not a bad exterior look but the prefacelifted model was better styled. Interior is a huge upgrade, though.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Yeah, looks like they went the same direction as the BMW 7 series, with the giant grille, but they connected the two kidneys and made it one big one instead.

    • bd0007

      The original grille had the better shape and size.

  • Harry_Wild

    U.S. version does not have AWD option still!

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      None of the competitors in the US have an AWD option with the exception of the now dead Taurus.

    • bd0007

      The next gen will likely get AWD (as the new Optima is rumored to get) as it will be moved to the new N3 platform

  • Porkopolis

    Hooray! The touchscreen is integrated into the dash! Don’t see that much these days…

  • وليد عبدالله

    With this new version. . I think there is no competitor because of the high standards that we see only in luxury cars

  • Maykel

    Next gen Sorento teaser huh

  • Bash

    This is stunning, way much better than the Avalon.

  • Liam Paul

    that grill looks like a set of razor teeth or the front of a train, other than the grill, this is a very nice car but I would have to replace that grill

    • Six Thousand Times

      A razor-tooth grill could hold your meat in place but wouldn’t it tear it up when you were to turn it to cook the other side?


  • Jawohl

    This hideous thing + the other unloved K900 are proof that most buyers in luxury segments don’t want pseudo lux brand products.

    • david santiago

      they sell nearly 70k a year over in korea btw.

      • Jawohl

        Yeh I know….and not a lot elsewhere.

  • SteersUright

    Nice interior…the outside looks as bad as any current Buick.

  • alexxx

    Koreans are taking over..💯💯💯

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks like a 5 series derivative, in and out.

  • Sybill Julian

    love the prefacelift more

  • T2X

    Wow, I think this Kia looks AMAZING! Outside and Inside! Only one thing I don’t like… the Fake Exhaust System and the Down Tail Part.

  • Leconte Dave

    Stinger redesign incoming?

  • Wandering_Spirit

    For a moment i thought it was a Volvo

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