The 2015 Kia Sedona finally seems to belong to the automaker’s lineup. After years of speculation about whether or not Kia’s minivan will survive, the automaker’s 2015 Sedona will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show with styling and amenities that should finally make it a tough contender in the segment.
From the looks of it, the 2015 Kia Sedona should do pretty well. Kia’s Tiger Nose grille dominates the front, while the rear looks clean and simple thanks to the rectangular headlights. On the side, the Sedona has a few creases and a beltline that bends upwards at the C-pillar.
Kia has also made some big improvements inside. Available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the Sedona will offer a number of seating and storage solutions, including “First Class” second-row seats that recline and include retractable leg rests. The top-spec SXL model comes with standard Nappa leather, which Kia says is the same used for its flagship K900 sedan (you know, the one Morpheus is launching). Kia equips the Sedona with its latest technology, including new eServices like geo-fencing (allows you to specify areas on a map and get an alert if the vehicle is driven there), speed alert, curfew alert and driving score.
Safety and a smooth ride are usually high on a minivan buyer’s priority list, and Kia says the 2015 Sedona will excel in both. The automaker claims the chassis is 36% stiffer “than its closest competitor in the segment,” but doesn’t say whether it’s the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest or Chrysler Town & Country. That said, Kia expects its minivan to earn top marks in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations. Standard safety tech includes electronic brakeforce distribution and rollover mitigation, while forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot detection are optional. Meanwhile, amplitude-selective dampers, dual-seal sliding doors, and plenty of sound-deadening foam should keep things smooth and quiet in the cabin.
The 2015 Kia Sedona will be powered by the automaker’s 3.3-liter direct-injected V6 engine, which is also found in the Sorento crossover and Cadenza sedan. Here, the engine is tuned to produce 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Sienna, however, the Sedona won’t have all-wheel drive available.
Kia says to look for the 2015 Sedona to hit showrooms around the end of 2014. The current 2014 Sedona starts at $26,795, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the full spec list and pricing details. of the new generation model.
This seems good! More details?