A new Kia Sedona is imminent. Also called Carnival in other markets, Kia would prefer the passenger transport vehicle to be classified as a “large utility vehicle”. Whatever the name, there is no doubt that the sliding side doors and profile immediately identify it with a minivan. And now we have a slew of renderings that attempt to preview the production model.
The renderings come from AtchaCars on YouTube, and they’re based on the recent teaser released by Kia. Such sketches usually exaggerate design features like wheels, but these renderings give a real-world makeover to the artistic preview.
We’re shown the van from several angles, revealing a boxy shape with Kia’s prominent tiger grille up front, flanked by narrow Seltos-inspired headlights. The renderings even add a raised roof as sometimes seen on conversion vans.
The design doesn’t look much different than the current Sedona, but it should be a whole different vehicle under its updated skin. Sources tell us the platform is the same third-generation setup shared by the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, and that it will have room for a hybrid system that may arrive later. At launch, we believe Kia will phase out the familiar 3.3-liter V6 in favor of a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
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We also suspect that the new Sedona will be just a little bigger, although the sketch and teaser renders don’t quite describe it. It would be a small change, but a slightly longer wheelbase should translate into more interior space for passengers. More space is never a bad thing when it comes to a seven-passenger family machine.
Earlier this year, we heard that the Sedona was set to debut at the 2020 New York Auto Show. That event was obviously called off and since then the minivan has all but fallen off the radar until that time. that the recent sketched teaser appears. We still don’t have an official word from Kia on when it will debut, but with the teaser essentially revealing the new design, expect the new Sedona to arrive sooner rather than later.