Kia Carnival arrives in North American cities and brings the party known as the Kia Sedona minivan. Kia Carnival 2022 will replace the name of the Sedona minivan, following the global name that Kia has used almost everywhere else except North America and a few other countries, MotorTrend reported Thursday.
Kia Motors America is keeping a lid on this carnival, however.
“KMA has not made any official announcement regarding this vehicle and cannot comment on potential new products,” Kia spokesperson James Hope said via email.
Despite the standard line, the Kia name change was registered with the US government. At fueleconomy.gov, run by the U.S. Department of Energy to show fuel economy ratings and vehicle size class for every passenger vehicle sold in the U.S., the 2022 Kia Carnival betrays specifications that have been hidden since Kia revealed the redesigned minivan at its South Korean home in June 2020.
The front-wheel drive van is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with an 8-speed automatic, according to the record. It seems odd, however, since this engine had been discontinued years ago in many Hyundai and Kia models in favor of more efficient turbo-4s and a 3.3-liter V6. The EPA rating for Carnival 2022 is an unimpressive city of 19 mpg, 26 highway, 22 combined.
The 2021 Sedona uses a 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 that was also used in the 2020 Kia Sorento three-row crossover SUV until it was redesigned for this year. Now in the new Kia Sorento 2021 of similar size, a turbo-4 has replaced the V-6 and there is a hybrid option. The larger 2021 Kia Telluride uses a 3.8-liter V6 producing 291 horsepower.
What is certain is that Kia has rationalized different names in different markets under one global name. The 2020 Kia Optima midsize sedan has been redesigned as the 2021 Kia K5, as it is known around the world. The name Optima, like Sedona, is no more. But the Kia minivan would roll, and it’s carnival.