- The next-generation, 2022 Kia Sedona gets an all-new look with styling inspired by the Sorento and Seltos.
- Longer wheelbase is said to provide more interior room.
- No word yet on powertrains, availability and pricing for the North American market.
The next-generation Kia Sedona minivan, which is also called the Kia Carnival in other markets, has just been officially revealed by the Korean brand. The fourth-generation Sedona “has been designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.”
Actually, Kia doesn’t want us to call it a minivan, but rather a “Grand Utility Vehicle,” and it boasts a completely redesigned body inspired by the brand’s most recent offerings, such as the Kia Sorento and the Kia Seltos, for example.
The new Kia Sedona’s arrival couldn’t be more timely, as one its rivals—the Toyota Sienna—has just been fully redesigned as well. Meanwhile, the Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey both received a refresh for 2021, and the Dodge Grand Caravan’s days are soon coming to an end, replaced by the Chrysler Voyager.
Like the Seltos, but unlike the Sorento, the Sedona’s front badge has been placed on the hood instead of the grille, giving us an unobstructed view of the latter’s sophisticated design. We also note quad headlight projectors and sharp LED daytime running lights, in addition to an aggressive front lower bumper. The rear end benefits from a modern look with a detailed, full-width taillight strip, a bright bumper garnish and blacked-out pillars for a floating roof effect. As before, the company’s designers have penned a van that looks like an SUV—which doesn’t hurt.
The next-generation Kia Sedona rides on a longer wheelbase, which is said to help increase interior space, although no images or further details have been disclosed so far.
No information either on what type of powertrain will be featured in the redesigned Kia Sedona. The current-generation model makes do with a 3.3-litre V6 that develops 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic and a front-wheel drivetrain. We don’t expect that to change, but we could be surprised with a hybrid gas-electric setup, which would help reduce fuel consumption. The new Sienna will be powered by a hybrid four-cylinder arrangement, while the Pacifica can be purchased with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Kia Carnival will go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020, while the North-American market will get the new Sedona for the 2022 model year. Obviously, no pricing information has been announced yet.