Kia Presents Refreshed 2020 Cadenza at Chicago

Significant interior enhancements for 2020 improve ergonomics, while a number of Kia Drive Wise driver-assist technologies now are standard, the automaker says.

Jim Irwin, Associate Editor

February 6, 2020

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Kia touts Cadenza sedan as SUV alternative.

The refreshed ’20 Kia Cadenza premium sedan makes its debut at the Chicago auto show.

New design elements, technology and available convenience features keep the Cadenza true to its mission of offering luxurious interior surroundings combined with a quiet and composed ride, Kia says.

Significant interior enhancements for 2020 improve ergonomics, while a number of Kia Drive Wise driver-assist technologies now are standard.

“The Cadenza continues to introduce new and luxury-minded customers to the Kia brand,” Michael Cole, president-Kia Motors America, says in a news release. “We recognize there are many customers who don’t want or need an SUV, but still desire a vehicle with plentiful interior room and a large trunk.

“The Cadenza is the perfect choice for these people, and the refreshed 2020 model is well-suited to their needs.”

When it goes on sale later this year, the ’20 Cadenza will be available in Technology and Limited trims, while last year’s Premium trim has been dropped. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

The 3.3L V-6 carried over from last year delivers 290 hp to the front wheels through an 8-speed Sportmatic transmission.

Exterior enhancements include a redesigned hood and grille with deeper vertical waterfall fascia; new lower front fascia with integrated turn signals; standard multi-lens LED headlights with redesigned LED daytime running lights; redesigned rear bumper and trunklid; and new LED combination rear taillights. Redesigned 18-in. wheels are standard and 19-in. wheels are available.

Interior changes (below) include a redesigned dash and instrument cluster with relocated audio controls above the climate switchgear; standard 4.2-in. (11-cm) color screen in the instrument panel; new 12.3-in. (31-cm) touchscreen with standard multi-device Bluetooth connectivity; new available multicolor ambient LED lighting (Limited only); and two new nappa leather-trimmed seating colors, Saddle Brown and Gray, with Limited models offering quilted seat bolsters.Kia Cadenza interior 20.jpg

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The refreshed Cadenza’s interior also includes three additional USB charging ports; enhanced wireless fast phone charging; and new standard Smart Key with remote engine start.

Drive Wise, Kia’s advanced suite of driver-assistance technology, sees a number of enhancements. New standard features include “Sensor Fusion” combining forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian/cyclist detection, smart cruise control with stop-and-go and high-beam assist.

Other features include lane following assist, which tracks visible lane markings or a preceding vehicle and provides steering inputs to maintain the vehicle’s position in the lane; Highway Driving Assist, which uses federal highway speed limit information to automatically adjust vehicle speed to be within the posted speed limit; and Safe Exit Assist, which alerts the driver or passenger opening their door to not exit the vehicle when approaching traffic is detected.

Kia sold 1,630 units of the Cadenza in the U.S. last year to rank 21st in the Lower Luxury Car segment, according to Wards Intelligence data.


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