Last month, Kia introduced the fourth-generation model of its Sedona van, known as Carnival in South Korea, where it will debut later this year.
Now, Kia has given us a glimpse of the futuristic interior we can expect when the model we’ll know as the Sedona 2022 hits North America.
The highlight is undoubtedly the dashboard, Kia having adopted the formula developed by Mercedes-Benz. We thus see a massive rectangular screen composed in reality of two 12.3-inch screens, one for the digital instrument cluster, the other for the multimedia system. A horizontal strip across the width of the dashboard separates the upper and lower areas, and the air vents are discreetly concealed in this partition. In the lower part, we see the controls for the audio system and air conditioning, as well as a small screen with information about the latter system.
The console has a thumbwheel for gear selection, which streamlines the layout. More premium materials are arranged throughout the cabin, promises Kia. Second-row passengers benefit from new USB ports on the front seatbacks, storage nets for electronics and a storage drawer at the base of the rear console.
Further details on the model’s equipment and features will be disclosed at its official premiere.
The only engine offered with our current Sedona is a 3.3-liter V6 producing 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The next generation will likely follow the lead of the new Kia Sorento in terms of powertrain choices. That means a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing approximately 277 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder hybrid producing 227 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque.
The Carnival model is expected to debut in South Korea in the third quarter of this year and then hit the global market.