2015 Kia Sedona minivan package for a major overhaul

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Just the facts:
  • The 2015 Kia Sedona minivan will undergo major changes to the chassis, engine, exterior and interior, Edmunds has learned.
  • This will be the first major change for the Korean MPV since its introduction in 2005.
  • Kia wants to position the Sedona to better compete with rivals such as the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna.

MINNEAPOLIS – Kia wants to shake up school carpool parking by making major changes to the 2015 Kia Sedona minivan.

The automaker is developing a redesigned Sedona minivan that will tilt next year.

This will be the first major change to the Sedona since the van’s introduction in 2005. It is an effort to make Kia more competitive with industry leaders, Chrysler Town vans. & County, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Stephanie Brinley, Senior Analyst for the Americas at IHS Automotive, said Edmunds that the 2015 Sedona that will arrive next year is an “all new vehicle.” There will be major changes to the chassis, engine, exterior and interior.

Brinley has stated that October 2014 is the likely month that sales in the United States will begin.

Kia has been going back and forth in the minivan market. The current generation Sedona was reintroduced last spring as a 2014 model after skipping the 2013 model year. Production for the United States has been halted so that three areas of the van can be redesigned to meet regulatory standards. .

Orth Hedrick, director of product planning for Kia Motors America, said Edmunds that the front passenger airbag and gas tank were replaced for the 2014 Sedona; and that a vehicle data logger, sometimes referred to as a “black box”, was added.

A slight redesign of the van includes an updated front bumper and grille and standard fog lights. All Sedonas now have storage compartments for iPads and smart tablets. The minivan has a base price of $ 26,750, including a destination charge of $ 850.

As to the future, Kia Motors America representatives won’t say if or when a Sedona redesign is planned.

“Stay tuned,” said Kia’s Tom Loveless Edmunds. “This is our entry into minivans today and we expect to be in the minivan segment for the foreseeable future. “

Loveless is executive vice president of sales for Kia Motors America.

Although Loveless did not say if a decision had been made on a redesign, he admitted that MPVs were “such an interesting segment.”

“It’s pretty stable, around 500,000, but if you really look at it, it’s two segments in one,” he said. “Young families have one, and Honda and Toyota are vying for leadership there. “

Loveless said retirees make up the other part of the segment. They are buyers on a fixed income purchase price and value.

“Chrysler is doing well in this part of the segment. They don’t do much in the other half. It’s dominated by Toyota and Honda,” Loveless said in an interview at a Kia event here.

“If we are going to continue in the MPV segment, which half are we going to get? Of course, that will be another story for another day. But I think for the young family there will always be a need for a minivan. “

Edmunds said: Will Kia copy Honda and put the void in the next Sedona? Or a coffee maker?

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