Kia Canada presented two all-new vehicles to the Kia product portfolio for 2013 at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) today. The North American reveal of the all-new 2014 Rondo Urban Utility Vehicle (UUV) and Canadian reveal of the 2014 Cadenza premium sedan continues to elevate the brand's product lineup to new heights. Both vehicles bring a host of new features, technology and world class designs, continuing from the recent unveilings of the all-new 2014 Forte sedan and 2014 Sorento Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) revealed last month at the Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS). Kia Canada plans to release a total of nine all-new or significantly enhanced vehicles throughout 2013.
"Kia has commenced an aggressive launch of new vehicles for 2013 that will continue to enhance our product portfolio and showcase our world class design, safety and technology." said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). "The all-new Rondo offers versatility while the all-new Cadenza premium sedan exudes luxury and is the most technologically advanced Kia in Canada."
2014 Kia Rondo: Urban Utility Made Easy
The all-new Kia Rondo UUV is designed and engineered from a clean sheet to meet the needs of modern families with sleek aerodynamics and a world-class design, blending contemporary and distinctive exterior styling with a fresh, trendy interior.
Infused Style and Practicality
From the ground up, the Rondo is a completely new model. Its sleek and sculpted design marks a dramatic shift away from the look of its predecessor. A dynamic front end, smooth slopes back towards the rear offering a visual delight for the segment. With available 18" machined-finish alloy wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon projector headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED light bar technology taillights, night or day, the Rondo exudes an unmistakable presence whether in motion or parked.
The Rondo continues to build on the functionality, flexibility, adaptability and versatility that the Rondo is known for, namely its availability of five or seven passenger seating. The sophisticated front-end, featuring Kia's new interpretation of the signature grille, flows into a sporty profile silhouette. With generously proportioned cargo space, numerous stowage spaces and a luxurious interior, the all-new Rondo will impress equally from the exterior to interior.
"I wanted to give the new Rondo a sleeker look and feel, to create a design that envelops its functionality and versatility in something altogether more athletic and dynamic," says Peter Schreyer, Kia's chief of design.
Rondo's re-invention remains to have a strong emphasis on comfort and driving fun. Beneath the hood there is a new 2.0-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI) four cylinder engine, producing an estimated 164 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, using either a 6-speed manual or an available 6-speed automatic transmission. The new automatic delivers faster acceleration from low speeds and greater refinement at high speeds.
Stepping inside the 2014 Rondo, passengers will first notice an available large panoramic sunroof and available luxurious high-grade leather with 2nd and 3rd row seating that can fold completely flat, offering various seating configurations and an endless amount of passenger and cargo options.
The dashboard has been thoughtfully laid out, focusing on an ergonomic driver outlook while an extensive list of comfort and luxury features will keep the driver and all passengers content during any journey.
While the Rondo is a family-focused vehicle, driver comfort in every model is assured thanks to the tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver's seat and the adoption of an organ type accelerator pedal pivoting on the floor, matching the natural movement of a foot engaging a control pedal.
Standard interior features on the 2014 Rondo includes air conditioning, 2nd row heating and cooling air vents, power windows, heated front seats, a six speaker audio system and keyless entry with power locks. The 2014 Rondo interior also offers an available heated steering wheel, heated front and second row seating, cooled ventilated driver seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver's seat with an extendable cushion optimizing thigh support, SuperVision instrument cluster, large TFT LCD screen and family-friendly manual integrated side window blinds. The Rondo interior will come equipped with black cloth with optional availability of black or black and beige two-tone high-grade leather.
Safety and Technology
As always, safety has been paramount. The 2014 Rondo has a full suite of advanced active safety, features such as standard electronic stability control (ESC), hill-start assist control (HAC), four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist system (BAS), electronic brake distribution and Kia's advanced Vehicle Stability Management System (VSM), which assists in under and over steer conditions as well as in split-traction braking situations. The available rear parking sensors and rear-view camera on equipped models also offers extended safety when reversing.
The Rondo will also offer FlexSteer - giving the driver the ability to choose between comfort, normal and sport-tuned steering settings on the fly.
The all-new 2014 Rondo will stand out in a segment of its own with its world-class design, European-inspired high-grade interior and continued versatility and flexibility that Canadian's have come to admire.
2014 Kia Cadenza: Sophisticated Elegance
Kia's entry into the premium-car segment was characterized by the reveal of the all-new 2014 Kia Cadenza at the Canadian International Auto Show today. Luxurious appointments, advanced technology and a stunning European-inspired design announce the Cadenza as a premium sedan and the new flagship vehicle for Kia Canada.
The Cadenza expands on Kia's lineup of award-winning world-class designed vehicles and elevates the brand to the up-market with impressive standard and optional equipment available.
European-Inspired design language
With its distinctive front fascia and sweeping C-pillars, the Cadenza's boasts a muscular European design. Penned under Kia's global chief of design, Peter Schreyer, the Cadenza's wide fenders, stylistically contoured hood, large wheels and broad stance give it a muscular and distinctive sport-sedan appearance.
The new adaptation of Kia's signature grille instantly speaks to Kia's brand identity. Caressing the grille on both sides are projection headlights and LED daytime running lights that emit a premium look. The wide lower fascia complements Cadenza's commanding stance, while chrome trim accents add to the vehicle's premium presence throughout. The standard 18-inch and optional 19-inch wheels add to the luxurious sport feel of the Cadenza while providing a refined look. Wrapping around the rear of the vehicle are standard LED light bar technology taillights flanked by twin oval stainless steel tail pipes integrated within the bumper accentuating the elegant design.
The 2014 Cadenza sedan is equipped with a smooth-revving 3.3-litre V6 engine providing a winning combination of power and efficiency. Utilizing Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology the V6 engine is capable of producing an estimated 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and an estimated 255 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. Power is routed to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, with a manual shift mode and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The advanced all-aluminum engine features dual-cam variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and performance, a three-step variable induction system for an enhanced powerband and is designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. Driver engagement is broadened with Cadenza's use of a fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in the front and a multilink rear design.
The Cadenza wraps its occupants in a premium environment complete with soft high-grade leather upholstery and tasteful accents of wood and chrome. Ambient lighting and horizontally positioned switch gear radiates an uncluttered and sophisticated aesthetic. An elegant analog clock centred between the centre stack buttons lends a classic feel. The centre console is angled toward the driver for optimized control, and an available high-resolution TFT LCD screen in the gauge cluster showcases a wide range of vehicle information. Elegant chrome bezels surround the HVAC and audio controls, air vents and the standard push-button start. Standard Bluetooth, wood-trim door inserts, one-touch automatic up/down power front windows and power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all enhance the Cadenza's premium image. A leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel exudes and personifies the level of exquisite sophistication that the Cadenza personifies.
Safety and Technology
The all-new 2014 Cadenza offers an extensive standard equipment list featuring luxurious technology equipment. Standard equipment includes items such as eight air bags, leather seating, navigation with SiriusXM™, back-up camera and warning system, premium Infinity 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and Bluetooth wireless technology. Premium features also include a full-length panoramic sunroof, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, premium Nappa leather seats, memory cooled ventilated driver's seat with lower cushion extension for unsurpassed comfort, heated front and rear seats and heated steering wheel to name a few.
Cadenza features enhanced safety equipment such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop if necessary. A radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BDS) ensures the driver always knows their surroundings with visual and audible driver aids when prompted, as well as a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) to alert a driver if they should inadvertently veer into another lane without the turn signal activated.
The Cadenza will be a highly competitive new entrant into the premium segment linking to Kia's winning value proposition. The Cadenza's European-inspired striking exterior envelopes an elegantly refined interior, producing a well-rounded premium sedan.