A few weeks ago, we gave you a preview of what the 2022 edition of the Sedona MPV would look like at Kia. Why 2022? Because the next-gen model first debuts in South Korea in 2021 (under the Carnival name) before being delivered to our market.
Kia had released some images of the model before its official presentation. This week, the company made an official presentation of its minivan this week, which gives us a clearer idea of what to expect from the 2022 Sedona.
The Kia Carnival adopts a distinctly SUV-like style, more prominently at the front, but also at the rear with a frame that partially surrounds the third side window. Kia wants to make it look like what it’s selling is anything but a van; we do not know who will be fooled, exactly …
Nonetheless, first impressions are that the styling exercise is successful.
The new Sedona is longer and wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase, for example, has been lengthened by 1.2 inches. According to Kia, this creates more space for the passengers in the third row while increasing the cargo space behind. The second row captain’s seats remain reclining, like those on the current model. As before, however, that will be an option, with an eight-seater interior configuration also available. The high-end versions will offer an impressive multimedia package with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a second 12.3-inch screen in the center console.
The powertrain most likely to accompany the vehicle is a 3.5L V6 engine, a unit that develops 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission. Unlike its competitors, including the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna, the Sedona does not offer all-wheel drive as an option.
This will damage the fortunes of the van in Canada even before it takes its first steps. Kia has a full year to think about it, but the model’s configuration may not allow it.
The Kia Carnival will soon go on sale first in Korea and global markets will follow. We believe the new Sedona will reach us in 2021, but it remains to be seen whether that will be in the first or second half of next year.