It is no secret that Kia, which also hails from South Korea, is planning to make a foray into the exponentially growing Nepalese market. The company showcased a slew of models, including the traditional engine-powered and electric vehicles at the 2018 Auto Expo. While it is yet not clear whether all displayed models will be introduced in Nepal, some of the models raked in a good response from the experts and public. Kia’s premium sedan KIA Cadenza was also previewed at the event, which if launched in Nepal will rival with likes of Toyota Camry in the segment.
Available in the international markets, the KIA Cadenzais one of the popular choices in the sedan segment, despite growing demand for the SUVs. While KIA has styled it tastefully, the premium sedan features just the right proportions which means it does not occupy a sizable parking space. Segmented headlamps and tail-lamps are in line with the premium sedans in the segment and the steeply raked in rear windscreen merges seamlessly with the sloping roof.
The KIA Cadzena 2018 (sold in the international markets) receives new elements such as a pleasant LED lighting inside the cabin along with a new panoramic sunroof as part of the pack. In terms of space, it offers generous room to the occupants. The KIA Cadenza features a host of comfort and connectivity bits that make one of the best options in the segment. It is expected that the Nepal-bound model (if launched) will also pack in a plethora of features.
In the overseas markets, the KIA Cadenza 2018 propels on a revised 3.3-litre V-6 engine good for a maximum power of 290hp. Transmission duties are handled by an eight-speed automatic unit and it additionally features multiple modes. As for the Nepalese model, there is yet no clarity which engine will be used in the premium sedan. Currently, there is no information on the KIA Cadenza specifications for the Nepalese market, hence it is too early to comment on that, however going by the mileage delivered by the international model, expect the Nepal-bound KIA Cadenza to offer decent mileage.
The international model can achieve the 0 to 100km/h sprint roughly within 7 seconds (an approximate number). While the ride and handling are spots on, there is still some room for improvement on the braking front. The cornering ability is also not as impressive as rivals in the segment.
On the safety front, the premium sedan is expected to pack a bunch of techs that are also offered on the rivals in the segment. While we expect it to come with multiple airbags, anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution, the sedan could also feature some of the bits from its international model.
The premium sedan segment in Nepal currently offers several models including Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra to name a few. The new KIA Cadenza, if launched in Nepal, could be a good option for customers seeking a fresh model in this space.