Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.
The styling changes are especially prominent in the dip in Kia's "tiger nose" grille and in other features on the car's front end. The wraparound LED headlights are thinner and more angular, and the daytime running lights below them also get retouched, as do the fenders and bumper, giving the front of the car a more muscular look.
That "more assertive appearance," as Kia calls it, is also evident on 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 Cadenza, called the K7 in South Korea, was launched in the U.S. in 2013 and competes in a shrinking large-car segment that includes such rivals as the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon. Kia sold 5,898 Cadenzas this year through October, a 28 percent decline from the same period in 2014, and well off the pace of its initial goal of 12,000 annual sales.
Kia teased the redesigned Cadenza in renderings it released this month.