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News The All-New Kia Carnival, aka Sedona, Fully Revealed

The All-New Kia Carnival, aka Sedona, Fully Revealed

Kia’s minivan, the Carnival, or Sedona depending on the market, is longer and wider than ever.


  • The design is SUV-inspired.

  • The new Sedona’s wheelbase is 30 mm longer for more interior space.

  • Depending on the market, it can seat up to 11 passengers!


The minivan is not dead – if anything, it’s getting bigger and better than ever. The all-new Kia Sedona features a new SUV-inspired design and a more spacious and utilitarian interior.

2021 Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia

Interior space and versatility are a minivan’s calling card. The new 2021 Sedona is certainly about that, and on many levels. The Sedona, aka Carnival, is built on a new platform that delivers a 30 mm longer wheelbase (up to 3,090 mm) and a 10 mm wider body (up to 1,995 mm). Furthermore, overall length grows 40 mm to 5,155 mm, with a 30 mm longer rear overhang (up to 1,130 mm). These new dimensions generate up to 627 litres of trunk space behind the third row and, depending on the market, enough room for a 4th row of seats.

Seating configurations vary from seven to eleven spots. The popular 7-seater setup can include Kia’s reclining “Premium Relaxation Seat” with adjustable back-, arm- and leg-rests providing “business class” seating.

2021 Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia

The list of connectivity and technology features in the van is as vast as its cabin. Available are a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with voice recognition, and a new “Rear Passenger Voice Recognition” technology also lets occupants in the second-row issue voice commands to control the infotainment system.

As expected, the new Kia minivan will be available with a huge array of passive and active safety features including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with car, pedestrian and cyclist detection, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) and much more.

2021 Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia

The new 2021 Kia Sedona is more SUV visually than ever and prominently features the brand’s revised tiger-nose grille. The hood is longer, the “A” pillars are more upright, and a single character line bisects the Sedona’s entire length. The bold wheel arches cover wheels 17, 18 or 19 inches in diameter, depending on trim.

Powering the 2021 Kia Sedona is a 3.5-litre GDi (gasoline direct injection) V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s a non-GDI version of the 3.5-litre V6 and a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine however we’re quite confident neither will be offered in North America.

2021 Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia

The new Sedona, according to Kia, is designed to deliver an easy-going and comfortable ride. Its new fully independent suspension for improved road holding and less noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH).

The 2021 Kia Carnival/Sedona is available today in Korea and is expected to arrive in other global markets later this year.

2021 Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia

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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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