The 2021 Kia Sedona settles with “Relaxation” seats and sport V6 power

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The 2021 Kia Sedona, known as the Carnival Abroad, is meant to be much more luxurious than it already is. And despite the outgoing van’s aged appearance, it’s actually surprisingly comfortable on the inside.

The 2021 model doubles and late Monday night Kia shared more details about the vehicle. Concretely, we learned a lot more about the comfort on board, like its second row seats “Relaxation Mode”. Available in seven-seater models, the Relaxation Mode seats join Kia’s recline function. But, with the push of a button, the mode lowers the third row of seats and reclines the passengers even further before removing a legrest. If that isn’t VIP treatment from a minibus, we don’t know what is. Plus, the second row seats swivel for an in-line train experience.

It looks lovely.

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The Carnival will also be offered in nine and 11-seat configurations, though it’s unclear which configurations will make their way to the United States. It seems likely that Carnival will make its way here again as the next Sedona, but Kia has yet to officially confirm the model. Previously, Kia told Roadshow that the Sedona remains an “important part” of its lineup. The automaker again reaffirmed its previous statement and declined to comment on the future product.

Kia has already dived in the minivan much more upscale interior and design before, but the latest ad has spilled beans regarding powertrains. Note that this information may change by country, but the Carnival / Sedona will feature two V6 engines. The first is a direct injection 3.5-liter V6 and develops 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The second is a variant of the same 3.5-liter V6, but with multipoint injection. That’s good for 268 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque.

A 2.2-liter diesel engine is also part of the powertrain lineup, but don’t expect the engine in the United States. Each engine is also associated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The brand plans to put the Carnival on sale in South Korea in the third quarter of this year, which is to say very soon. “Global markets” will follow, so we’ll probably know more about the American Sedona soon.


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