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News A New Kia Carnival, AKA Sedona, Is Coming Next Fall

A New Kia Carnival, AKA Sedona, Is Coming Next Fall

Another cool minivan? This is what the new Kia Carnival might look like when it launches later this year


  • The Kia Sedona was originally released in 1998.

  • We doubt the production version will be as racy as the rendering but it will look good.

  • More than 2 million have sold in its 22-year career.


The introduction of another new minivan, three (of the four) since the beginning of 2020, certainly indicates that the segment is far from dead. Earlier this year, Chrysler revealed the updated Pacifica and only a few weeks ago, Toyota unveiled the new 2021 Sienna. This time, it’s the new Kia Carnival, sold as the Sedona in Canada and the US, that will hit the road in Korea in the third quarter of 2020.

2021 Toyota Sienna vs 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Spec Comparison

The Kia Sedona has lived in the Sienna, Grand Caravan, and Honda Odyssey’s shadow for many years. Even when GM, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, and Hyundai (remember the Entourage?) left the segment, the Sedona, despite its value, never gained the kind of following associated with the others. It did outsell the Chrysler Pacifica in Canada in 2019, to be fair…

2020 Kia Sedona/Carnival | Photo: Kia

The new “Grand Utility Vehicle” will build on the existing minivan’s full-bodied styling and further push the SUV-inspired design. The tall front-end with incorporate Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille which will sit under a character line that looks to travel the Carnival’s entire length, and wrap around the back. To be honest, there’s a hint of Volkswagen in the van’s overall look in the way the hood and headlights come together.

We will know more as we get closer to the Kia Carnival’s official introduction in Korea in the fall of 2020. Global sales in many of Kia’s other markets will follow thereafter. More details to come.

2021 Toyota Sienna | Photo: Toyota

Chrysler Pacifica
2021 Chrysler Pacifica – Chrysler

2020 Honda Odyssey | Photo: Honda

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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