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2017 Kia Cadenza previewed in Korea

The first official images of the all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza have now surfaced in Korea. Pictured here in home-market form where it's known as the Kia K7, the upscale front-drive 4-door boasts a more refined exterior influenced European luxury sedans. While offering no specific dimensions, Kia confirms the redrawn K7/Cadenza is lower and wider than the car it replaces. Along with gaining a sleeker silhouette, the car's redrawn fenders feature more pronounced flares that give it a more aggressive stance. 

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The makeover imparts a new edge to the fascia treatments on the Kia sedan. Up front, its signature "tiger-nose" grille has a bolder shape with black-out vertical bars and is framed by more angular wrap-around LED headlamps. A similar contemporary cues round out the rear, where a tidier bumper design is complemented by trimmer taillights and dual exhaust outlets that are tastefully integrated into the lower valance.

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Save for an interior rendering released earlier, Kia will only confirm the cabin treatment of the new Cadenza features increased quality and more contemporary luxury touches. No word on the powertrain, although it seems likely some form of the current 3.3-liter V6 will remain in place for our market. The 2017 Kia Cadenza is expected to make its U.S. debut next April at the New York Auto Show and go on sale shortly thereafter.

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