Family minivan meets SUV style

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The next Kia Sedona minivan looks set to take on more than just a steep parking lot.

The updated minivan broke coverage this week in Korea, ahead of its scheduled U.S. debut next week. The Kia Carnival, as it’s called in other markets around the world, features a significantly tougher look, largely borrowed from Kia’s mega-seller Telluride and related Hyundai Palisade crossovers.

We don’t know much about the new Sedona, including what might be under the hood or how much it will cost when it goes on sale. Kia also hasn’t shared any updated interior photos, but we’d like to hear more next week when the pickup is likely revealed to U.S. buyers.

2022 Kia Sedona

The new Sedona sports a redesigned front end with a new grille and new headlights, including LED daytime running lights that extend from the fender and tilt steeply towards the lower bumper. The grille, a diamond-mesh pattern, also surrounds separate lights from the van’s headlights and lower fog lights. At the very least, it will be unmistakable at night.

The long, wide sides of the body are still covered with large expanses of glass and offer two sliding doors – a must for vans – although a large, ratcheted rear roof pillar on the Hyundai Palisade is a steep left turn compared to in the traditional style of minivans.

2022 Kia Sedona

2022 Kia Sedona

In Korea, then-Hyundai chief designer SangYup Lee said Automotive connection that the Palisade’s bolder and taller rear roof pillar visually indicated strength for family buyers. Lee is now leading the design of all Hyundai and Kia vehicles, and the Sedona looks set to follow suit.

At the rear, the Sedona has a full-width LED taillight and a well-known tailgate.

We should find out more about the new Sedona next week.


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