The Sedona name dies with the 2021 model year.
It’s more upscale and far beefier-looking.
The minivan segment’s overhaul continues. The news that Kia will drop the Sedona name for Carnival leads us to believe that the car company wants to shed the old van’s image in North America. Things are heating up in the segment and Kia wants to be top-of-mind.
The all-new Kia Carnival was introduced back in August with an all-new platform that is longer and wider for more interior space. The minivan’s styling is especially noteworthy standing taller thanks to a large tiger-shark grille, more upright “A” pillars, and longer hood. It’s also quite square overall and the bold wheel arches further enhance the Carnival’s heavily SUV-inspired design. In fact, Kia refers to the Carnival as a Grand Utility Vehicle and not a minivan.
Under the hood will be a standard 3.5-litre GDi (gasoline direct injection) V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. In the US, the LX, LX Seat Package, EX, SX, and SX Prestige trim levels are confirmed according to Motor1. More than likely, Canada will see fewer trims.
The 2022 Kia Carnival should be officially announced within the next few months.