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2011 Kia Cadenza to Replace Amanti Sedan

Kia will soon be launching the Cadenza sedan, which is poised to replace the Amanti. Unveiled today in South Korea, the Cadenza will hit U.S. shores as early as this time next year as a 2011 model.

The Cadenza will be slightly shorter in overall length, but have a considerably longer wheelbase than the outgoing Amanti. The longer wheelbase affords significantly more interior room, especially legroom for passengers in the rear seat.

Kia still has not finalized the engine options for the North American version. It may get the option of the new Hyundai-developed 2.4-liter direct injection engine. When it's paired with a six-speed transmission in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, an estimated 35 miles per gallon on the highway can be achieved. The current Amanti is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, but Kia may offer a smaller engine option as manufacturers strive to meet government mandated CAFE standards.

Amanti production ended earlier this year, leaving the Optima as Kia's largest offering. Some inventory still remains in dealer showrooms.

The Cadenza will make its world debut next month at the Riyadh motor show in Saudi Arabia. Production will take place in South Korea, at Kia's Hwasung plant.