2020 Kia Cadenza Redesign to Bow at Chicago Auto Show

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You gotta give it to Kia for its commitment to the idea that maybe if this latest sedan is really, really good, Americans will buy it. The most recent embodiment of this plan is the 2020 Cadenza, which will debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show Thursday.

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The Cadenza will feature exterior changes, including updated front and rear styling (hood, bumpers, grille, trunk lid and rear badge with integrated trunk button), as well as added technology and structural enhancements that Kia says improve the Cadenza’s ride quality. New technology inside will include a 12.3-inch touchscreen display as part of a “completely reshaped” dashboard. The Cadenza’s wheels also get a new design for both the 18-inch standards and optional 19-inch units.

We’ve already seen most of these updates as the Korean-market 2020 K7 Premier, which was revealed at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show. The new grille is more aggressive than the previous Cadenza, looking a little wider and much taller than its predecessor. Kia also gave it redesigned standard LED headlights that include a Z-shape similar to the previous generation. In the rear, new LED taillights include a horizontal element that extends across the trunk from taillight to taillight.

Photos of the K7 Premier indicate a premium interior that looks more upscale than before, perhaps showing that Kia is targeting more luxurious competitors in the full-size sedan market. We’ll have to see the redesign in person to determine if it’s successful.

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