The 2018 Kia Cadenza Comes to America

2018 Kia Cadenza review

It appears that the 2018 Kia Cadenza is going to make a crossover and come to the US soon. The model has gone through a change as they have introduced their second-generation models which are going to cross the pond and become available for the American audiences. The sporty sedan has become one of the top sellers in the market and it was due for them to release a new model. Kia has already started competing in the segment with the greatest brands already and they are not backing down as the redesign looks pretty good.

The model is going to add a lot of new features which are going to change the model both on the inside and outside. The interior will be the main focus as they strive to bring a lot of luxury to the brand and are doing so by including a lot of amenities and a number of features which will likely bring the brand to the new heights. The powertrain on the other hand is going to be demoted, meaning that it will produce less power, but in turn they are aiming for efficiency rather than performance this time.

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The first redesign was really impressive for the Cadenza model and they showed that they can even go against the greats. This is what brought the popularity of the car to a whole new level and they are continuing to do so with the next-gen car. It has been around four years since then and as you can see from the pictures, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is not showing any signs of being left behind. Read the review and find out other details as well as the release date.

What about the Release Date of the 2018 Kia Cadenza?

The release date of the 2018 Kia Cadenza has been determined and we are about to see the car make its debut on the market this year. The vehicle has already been showcased and is already normal to talk about it as the release date is set for the summer of 2017. The American audiences will appreciate the coming of the next-gen as the previous one showed how much popular the car can be.

What is the Price Going to be?

The newest 2018 Kia Cadenza should remain competitive in terms of its price when we compare it to the biggest brands in the market. But we are still expecting a price boost of around $3,000 for the newest model. This does sound steep and perhaps a bigger price change but when you see the car you realize that it is what you are paying for. The newest model is going to be offered for about $37,000.

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A New Design Language for the 2018 Kia Cadenza

When the first renderings of the 2018 Kia Cadenza were shown they imagined the car with a completely new tone. The philosophy behind this design was the simplicity of a straight line. So it was pretty surprising when the production car was shown that it really added a great look and it made the vehicle that much better compared to the last model. It showed that the car can grow and be innovative at the same time. The basis of the car is a straight line which runs across the length of the car, giving it a coupe profile and at the same time toning down on the aggressiveness a bit.

The front end has a completely new type of the famous tiger nose grille with sharper lines. The lights have a Z-shaped motion while the bumper is sportier looking and comes with new LED daytime running lights. The rear end has a very big bumper and enormous exhaust pipes as well. The license plate recess have a trapezoidal design the taillights also come with Z-shaped LEDs. The side sees some chrome accents to the side windows and the B-pillar as well as the C-pillars are blacked out. The car rides using the redesign 18-inch and 19-inch wheels.

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Inside Description

The interior of the 2018 Kia Cadenza has changed a lot, but there are still some elements which have been transferred and will reappear for this version. Some of the changes that are made for the dashboard will include a different layout which is supposed to be cleaner and much more functional. The instrument cluster adds two traditional gauges while the steering wheel adds a new and more modern look. The dash will also add new stitching and softer materials which will differentiate it from the last model.

The seats have also been modified. They are not only comfortable and use special cushions, they can be adjusted as you sit and have larger cushions now for you to better your comfort and adapt it to your liking. Also the seats are lowered and give the driver a sporty feel when driving. The cabin also benefits from a lot of noise absorption materials and additions which are going to improve the noise reduction of the car much more.

There is also an additional interior color added which gives us a total of four available ones now and the standard use of technology. Also thanks to the small enhancements in the wheelbase, there is more legroom for us to enjoy as well.

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Powertrain Options

The thing about the powertrain is that the 2018 Kia Cadenza will come equipped with the same kind of engine as before, but the power is going to be lowered. They did do some work on the engine but not in order to make it more powerful but to help it be more efficient. This version of the 3.3-liter V-6 engine provides us with an output of 290 horsepower, which is 3 hp lower than the last model. The changes are going to make the Cadenza a reliable and a drivable car. It will also come with a FWD-based eight-speed transmission which is going to be used here for the first time.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

Although the stats about the 2018 Kia Cadenza are still fresh, we have some estimations which might confirm how much they are going to be. For now the estimates say that the acceleration ability is going to be somewhere around 7 seconds while the top speed of the new Cadenza will be held to 155 mph, quite enough for a luxury brand.

Fuel Economy Rating

The stats for the fuel economy of the 2018 Kia Cadenza are still not available. We are expecting them to drop almost any day now as they are still making the engine specs known. The model will probably be able to have a combined rating of 23 mpg, keeping it at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, which could be suitable based on the other competing vehicles in the segment.

The Size of the Car will Change

Although at first glance the 2018 Kia Cadenza does not look as it has changed, the truth is that there are some dimension change. But they are slight. The car will be only slightly wider and a little bit lower. The wheelbase is also expanded for just a bit while the rear overhangs are made to be shorter. All in all, the dimensions changes are mostly unnoticeable and do not make a big difference so much but they manage to add a certain appeal to the overall design.

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New Safety Specs

Being that the 2018 Kia Cadenza is making its way to the US, they have also decided to equip it with some of the latest pieces of technology which were never before seen on this brand. The car comes with Drive Wise sub-brand, which in turn adds many safety features. So you will be able to see Forward Collision Warning, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking,   Smart Blind Spot Detection, and Lane Departure Warning.

Rivaling Cars

The segment where the 2018 Kia Cadenza is going to compete in is already filled with great manufactures and their products. But Kia has showed that they are quite capable of battling with the strongest in the segment with the previous Cadenza model, so this one is not going to have problems as they are retaining most of their important features. The rivaling cars include such vehicles as the Chrysler 300 and the BMW 5 Series.

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