Kia Cadenza Returns to See if a Nice, Big Sedan Can Steal Some SUV Shine

It could be an answer to a question only a select few U.S. car shoppers are asking, but Kia is about to reveal a redesign of its Cadenza full-size, near-premium sedan.

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It won’t generate the kind of buzz the new Telluride three-row SUV has generated, but if you’re a big-sedan shopper, you should take a look. The current Cadenza rolled out in 2015 in South Korea and arrived in the U.S. as a 2017 model just as the market here was going SUV-crazy. It turned out to be a big car I car I really like and a real value in features for the dollar in a near-premium sedan with a mainstream badge, comparing well with the Toyota Avalon of the time, as well as some fancier nameplates.

Kia says the reveal of the car is “coming soon” in South Korea, where it’s known as the K7 Premier. Expect that, like the previous model, it’ll go on sale there first with other markets to follow.

The teaser sketches show a sleeker and crisper shape, bigger grille and taillights that connect with a light bar across the trunk lid. Lighting appears to be LEDs all around. The interior sketches show an upscale and cleaner dashboard, console and trim, and a bigger widescreen display.

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