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Kia Gives 2020 Cadenza an Upscale Makeover

Kia Gives 2020 Cadenza an Upscale Makeover

A refreshed version of the Kia K7 sedan has been revealed in South Korea. The K7 happens to be sold in the U.S. as the Kia Cadenza, implying this is a preview of what the 2020 Cadenza will look like.

By all accounts, this is a refresh of the current car, which was just redesigned in 2017. Sheetmetal bits appear to be unchanged, but Kia has swapped out the front fascia with one that is bolder than today’s car. The grille is considerably larger and the headlights appear to be slimmer; both elements give the Cadenza a more upscale appearance.

Where this makeover teeters beyond a normal refresh is on the inside. Kia has redesigned the dash panel with a horizontal themed layout similar to other new Kia models. The revamp is centered around two new 12.3″ screens; one in the gauge cluster and one as the infotainment display.

At least for the Korean market, the K7 is getting two new powertrain options. The current 3.3-liter V-6 has been swapped out with a standard 2.5- and 3.0-liter engine options. Two additional gears have been added to the transmission as well, bringing the total to eight.

It isn’t clear just yet if the U.S. Cadenza will change engines as well. The current car offers 290 horsepower from its 3.3-liter V-6.

While these photos are of the Korean K7, expect the 2020 Kia Cadenza to bow in the U.S. very soon, with an on-sale date later this year.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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