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PREVIEW: 2017 Kia Cadenza gets sporty

The 2017 Kia Cadenza will feature a sporty new design.

The Kia Cadenza, the most luxurious and expensive are in the Korean carmaker’s lineup, will have a new look for 2017 with hopes of improving slumping sales.

Launched in 2013, the Cadenza has attracted a niche audience among car buyer seeking an alternative to costly sporty sedans an with a great warranty.

Called the K7 in South Korea, the 2017 Kia Cadenza will have a more angular and sportier design. The new edition will a more prominent in the dip in Kia’s “tiger nose” grille as well as substantially new appearance in front and rear end designs.

“The next-generation Cadenza maintains the progressive, contemporary image of the current model, and the sharper more defined lines and wider, lower stance give the new model a modern and thoroughly distinctive new look — with key design elements ensuring the new Cadenza remains recognizable as a Kia,” Kia representative said in a press release.

The wraparound LED headlights are thinner and more angular than on the predecessor. The daytime running lights underneath the headlights also get retouched, as do the fenders and bumper, giving the front of the car a more muscular look.

The 2017 Kia Cadenza will feature a sporty new design.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza will feature a sporty new design.

That “more assertive appearance,” as Kia calls it, also is seen in the vehicle’s rear, with sleeker, thinner taillights and a more angular bumper that’s a significant departure from the rounder bumper of the 2016 model.

The starring price for the current Kia Cadenza model is $33,815. Through the end of the October, Kia has sold 5,898 Cadenza models in 2015. The total represents a 28 percent decline from sales of the same time frame in 2014.

Kia describes the new Kia as “inspired by European luxury sedan styling.” With its redesign, Kia hopes to more than double its yearly sales to 12,000 in 2016.

Unknown is the engine configuration for the 2017 Kia Cadenza. Previous editions have been front-wheel drive. Little else has been revealed about the new luxury that will not go on sale until early 2016.

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