It’s the 2022 Kia Sedona, and it brings fresh, more SUV-like styling to rival the redesigned Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and Honda Odyssey. The Korean automaker just unveiled the new model in its South Korean home market, where it’s called Carnival, and it’s not a minibus. Oh, I know it still sounds like the minivan we’ve known for two decades, but Kia wants you to know that this is a ‘great utility vehicle’.
This is certainly not the first time that a manufacturer has tried to invent a new expression, of course. We have BMW with their ‘Sport Activity Vehicles âand Mercedes with theâ Sports Utility CutBut since Kia has decided to shorten the overhangs, lengthen the hood and create a more SUV-like profile at the A-pillar, we are considering a GUV. .
Now it still has the signature minivan feature – sliding rear doors – but there’s a lot more going on under the skin. The 2022 Kia Sedona rides on an extended wheelbase compared to the predecessor model, although the automaker has yet to share the exact specs. That means more cabin space for passengers, and there should be an improvement over the older model’s 78.4 cubic feet of cargo space from the second row to the rear.
A more distinctive design
As well as having the iconic “tiger nose” grille here, the 2022 Kia Sedona has what Kia calls a “tiger face.” Namely, the new model takes up the design trend of seamlessly integrating the flagship assembly into the grille. The Sedona takes a unique approach compared to most other modern cars, as the high beams actually sit inside the mesh grille, while the low beams are in their usual position on the outer edges. The daytime running lights are also separate and run through part of the lower chrome strip that surrounds the bottom of the grille.
At the rear, the taillights run straight through the center of the new Sedona’s tailgate, into the track that runs along the side of the vehicle for the rear sliding doors. As the Sportage and the new Sorento, the reversing lights are integrated in the lower bumper. Love it or hate it, the 2022 Kia Sedona sports a unique design that shakes up the more anonymous image of its predecessors.
What about powertrains?
As Kia didn’t share any technical specs in its recent announcement, we’ll have to wait for more information on the engines. The new Carnival / Sedona will launch in Q3 2020 in Korea, so we should find out more in the coming months. If it powertrain sharing with the new Sorento, this means that the new Sedona could use a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine instead of the current 3.3-liter Lambda V6 which is in the current van. It could even get a 1.6-liter hybrid option in the United States, in place of a diesel engine that is likely offered in other markets.
Once Carnival hits the South Korean market, it is expected to arrive in the United States sometime in 2021.