Several weeks ago, the South Korean automaker Kia presented the updated K7 (aka Cadenza) to a select crowd in its domestic market via several official photos which of course have managed to find their way on the Internet. Yesterday they made an official announcement and said that the mid-size car is scheduled to hit the dealerships in various regions around the world starting with the first half of next year. No details about a possible U.S. launch but various reports are indicating that the Cadenza will find its way in the United States and will be slotted above the Optima and below the Quoris.
As far as the facelift is concerned, as you can see from these two images it borrows several styling cues from the flagship Quoris model and looks quite similar to the BMW 7-Series. We notice the new shape of the hood, the redesigned headlights, updated rear light clusters, fender air vents, new front and rear bumpers, as well as a new look for the firm’s tiger nose grille.
No details about what has changed inside the cabin, while the engine lineup is to be confirmed. The outgoing variant is sold in its domestic market with an entry-level 4-cylinder 2.4-liter unit with 198 hp, a larger 3.0-liter V6 with 266 hp and a more powerful V6 3.3-liter that produces 290 hp.