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2017 Kia Cadenza Revealed for Korea

Continuing the premium push.

Following earlier teaser sketches, the 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan is fully revealed for the Korean market. As expected, the all-new Cadenza stresses a wider, lower stance and sharper lines than before. We haven't yet seen inside the interior, but we're told that the 2017 Kia Cadenza will have more space inside and come with even more luxurious materials and appointments.

Compared to the outgoing Cadenza, which we were pleasantly surprised with as a Four Seasons car, the 2017 Kia Cadenza gets slightly more adventurous styling. Up front there are now larger foglight openings to house the quad-assembly foglights we know from the Kia Sorento. The black mesh "tiger-nose" grille from the old Cadenza has been replaced with a simpler shape and wide vertical slats.The chrome outline for the grille remains, but this time it surges toward the headlights at the corners. Narrower than before, the Cadenza's new headlights have a zig-zag shaped LED element inside, which should make it easily recognizable on the road.

The story is similar around back, where the 2017 Kia Cadenza adopts sharper lines to replace the somewhat rounded character of the last model. There is a leaner bumper with trapezoidal exhausts ports neatly inset, and the taillights are considerably slimmer. Now surrounded with chrome detailing, the clean-looking taillights also contain the same LED zig-zag motif as the front-end lighting system. A chrome bar extends across the trunk, positioned below a stubby and pronounced rear trunklid spoiler.

There are no additional details about the 2017 Kia Cadenza, except that Kia promises an even greater commitment to "refinement and luxury." We'll have to see how U.S. customers like this new design, which appears more adventurous and aggressive than the subtle and refined Cadenza of old. Many expect it will continue to offer a V-6 engine, but it's possible Kia will also add a four-cylinder turbo for improved fuel economy

We walked away from a year with the last Cadenza very impressed, remarking just how far Kia has come in such a short time. No doubt the brand will have to further assert itself if it wants to keep pushing premium, especially as sister brand Hyundai launches its own Genesis luxury brand. Check back for more soon on the 2017 Kia Cadenza as it is soon expected to be announced for the U.S.