Last week Kia showed sketches of the next-gen Carnival, which we’ll get as the 2021 Kia Sedona. Now the company has released actual photos of the van with the Carnival nameplate. No further details on the powertrains or features have been announced, but there is a lot to see in the design.
Overall, the Sedona has a square, upright design that’s apparently more inspired by crossovers than traditional MPVs. The low ride height and large body, however, make it like a minivan. Other crossover design cues include the faux skid plate panels on the front and rear bumpers.
Take a closer look and you will find some really fascinating details right through the van. Up front you’ll find an intricate variation of the Kia “Tiger Nose” grille with crisscross chrome diamonds. You will also find that the LED traffic lights flow from the headlights and down into the lower part of the grille surround. The high beam headlights are hidden just inside the grille and the lights each have chrome eyebrows. On the side, a marked shoulder line blends into the door tracks, and the C-pillar is the largest of all modern Kia’s. It has some sort of chrome or aluminum finish with a hatch pattern of lightweight diamonds cast into it. At the rear there is a full-width taillight housing with LED elements. In the central part there are small chrome reflections just behind the red plastic adding another detail to admire.
As previously mentioned, Kia only revealed photos of the new pickup truck, and no information on what powers it or what other features it will have. It could continue to use the 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 in the current Sedona, or it could upgrade to the Telluride’s 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. There is also the option of using a turbo four-cylinder or possibly both a four-cylinder and a V6 depending on the trim levels. We should know more as the on-sale date approaches. It will first go on sale in South Korea at the end of the third quarter of the year and in other markets sometime after.