Kia Cadenza / K7 — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Kia Cadenza or Kia K7 is an executive car (E-segment in Europe) the South Korean manufacturer Kia. It has been produced since 2009 as a replacement for the Kia Opirus.

The Cadenza is the Kia version of the Hyundai Azera / Hyundai Grandeur. It is a front-wheel drive vehicle. There are two generations of this model to date.

The first generation Cadenza was sold between 2009 and 2016. It featured a wide range of inline four-cylinder and V6 engines, all gasoline, although a couple of gas versions were also launched. A hybrid version was also produced for Korea with a 35 kW engine.

The second generation of this vehicle would arrive in 2016. It included virtually the same range of engines, only revised. For 2019, the Cadenza got a minor redesign. A new range of 2.5-liter SmartStream G engines was included to leave behind the 2.4-liter Theta II GDIs. The V6s were also updated with the new Lambda II GDI.

The Cadenza stopped being sold in Canada in 2019 and in the United States in 2020. Production of this passenger car stopped in 2021. According to Kia, the brand is working on SUVs and a new model to replace this car: the Kia K8.

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Kia Cadenza. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Kia Cadenza models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Kia Cadenza.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Kia Cadenza / K7 I – First Generation (VG) (2009)

Sedan / Saloon

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Kia Cadenza Sedan Gen 1.

Petrol Engines

  • G4KE 2.4 173 CV (2013)
  • G6DC 3.5 CVVT 290 CV (2010 – 2015)
  • G4KK 2.4 700h 159 CV (2013 – 2015)

Kia Cadenza II – Second Generation (YG) (2016)

Sedan / Saloon

Diesel Engines

  • D4HB 2.2 CRDi 203 CV (2016)

Petrol Engines

  • G4KJ 2.4 GDi 190 CV (2016)
  • G4KK 2.4 Hybrid 159 CV (2016)
  • L6DB 3.0 LPG 235 CV (2016)
  • G6DF 3.3 260 CV (2016)
  • G6DM 3.3 GDI 284 CV (2016)
  • G6DM 3.3 GDi 290 CV (2016)
  • G6DF 3.3 MPI 271 CV (2016)

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