Say goodbye to the Kia Sedona minivan and hello to the Kia Carnival … “versatile vehicle”.
This is what Kia calls its … redesigned minivan.
The change signals other issues for vehicles historically referred to as minivans, who have lost sales to SUVs in recent years.
But Kia is on a roll with family buyers, having scored big points with its recent rollout of the Telluride three-row SUV. So maybe it’s related to something.
The 2022 Kia Carnival comes with a lot of zip in the form of a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, the only powertrain option.
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Just like other minivans, it has configurable seats for seven or eight passengers.
In a notable design change, Kia places its logo on the front end of the hood instead of the grille. It’s also significantly more square, much like the recently discontinued Ford Flex SUV.
Safety features include an alert system when a child or pet has been left in the vehicle and a system that alerts the driver or passengers when it is unsafe to exit the vehicle.
The front-wheel-drive Carnival, which shares its vehicle architecture with the Sorento, arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of 2021.
“The Kia Carnival is here to disrupt a staid segment and once again proves what is possible when conventions are broken,” Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon said in a statement.
The demise of the Sedona, which follows the recent collapse of other minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Nissan Quest, has taken a long time to come. In the United States, sales of the Sedona totaled 13,190 in 2020, down 70% from 44,264 in 2016, the first full year after the vehicle’s last redesign.
In 2020, Kia Sedona sales are down 17% from the previous year. Overall, the brand’s sales fell 5%.
Choosing not to call Carnival a minivan is a risky business, said RebeccaDrives.com automotive analyst and consultant Rebecca Lindland.
“Although a minivan is often derided, its functionality is one of the best for any young family,” Lindland said in an email. name change.”
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