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Kia Grille Design Direction: The Face of Kia


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The original purpose of a front grille was to maximize airflow to cool down the engine. Today, however, it has become one of the most noticeable car design features. Many liken the front grille to a face, and as such, every car brand works hard to shape its own distinctive portrait. 

While always maintaining the unified family look of Kia’s one and only tiger nose grille, Kia has been offering different grille options for greater breadth of flavor and to create unique personalization options. Here are Kia’s most sought-after models that offer grille options.

KIa Soul: The Only True Icon

The Soul is Kia’s iconic boxy front-wheel-drive hatchback that demonstrates how boxiness can be done with plenty of style. Despite the unique circular theme throughout the cabin, the Soul sports sophisticated lines incorporating bends and curves into an unmistakable square silhouette.


2017 Kia Soul


With a chrome grille surround, the 2017 Kia Soul’s front end features a tiny upper grille and a giant, mesh-covered lower grille that make the Soul look even more grounded. The Soul’s front, with an updated finish to Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, completes its distinctive, sportier appearance.

2020 Kia Soul


The fully redesigned, third generation 2020 Kia Soul looks even younger and is even more fun to drive. The tiger nose grille design has shifted down to the larger front grille with unique two-tone treatment, helping to highlight the new, squinting LED headlights.

Kia Cadenza: Full Size Luxury Sedan

As the new interpretation of full-size luxury sedan, the Kia Cadenza offers everything you desire in a modern, premium sedan. The Cadenza makes its presence known with both subtlety and opulence, and its beautifully crafted grilles add perfection to the Cadenza’s breathtaking, irresistible appearance.


2017 Kia Cadenza Diamond Butterfly Grille

2017 Kia Cadenza Intaglio Grille


The 2017 Kia Cadenza grille comes with a pair of different grille options – Diamond Butterfly and Intaglio grille. Both feature a new hexagonal version of Kia’s iconic tiger-nose grille, but have unique touches that set them apart on the trim level. Especially the Diamond Butterfly grille is available on the lower trim levels of the Cadenza and it features the same three-dimensional pattern as several of its siblings in the Kia lineup, but with its own unique appearance.

2020 Kia Cadenza Intaglio Grille

2020 Kia Cadenza


However, the 2020 Kia Cadenza, which debuted last April in its Korean home market as K7 and which will go on sale globally later this year, returned with a whole new level of design. The most prominent design change in the 2020 Kia Cadenza is the front fascia, which now has a much bigger sized Intaglio radiator grille. With the bigger grille, narrower LED headlights and reworked lower front fascia openings, the refreshed Cadenza looks much more luxurious and more compelling than ever before.

Kia Cerato: Next Level Compact Sedan

The Cerato (Forte) is one of Kia’s most successful models, and it has evolved into a more refined compact with upscale appearance and invigorating performance, inside and out.


2017 Kia Cerato 


Borrowing some visual edge from the highly stylish Kia Optima, the 2017 Kia Cerato sedan has a sport-sedan styling front fascia with bolder tiger-nose grille that extends to connect with the headlights.

All-new Cerato (Forte)

The All-new Cerato maintains its sporty and youthful image while featuring a more sophisticated appearance that nods to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Its front end is more aggressive with a new sturdy version of the tiger-nose grille.

As you can see, the front end and grille form are part of what makes each car distinct and it is important for automakers to maintain some continuity for the purposes of recognition and identification. Faces on cars do matter. Which Kia grille designs did you find most appealing?