Kia Sedona (or the Kia Carnival as it’s called in some markets) is the minivan in the Korean automaker’s scheme. The current generation Sedona has been on sale since 2014 and is in dire need of an update. Kia was spotted testing a heavily dressed test mule from the van in Orange County, Calif., Four months ago. Now, the Korean automaker has taken the minivan to the mountains of Germany for European testing.
The test mule has not dropped any of its body coverings since its last sighting. The cover-up manages to hide all the updates that have gone through both the front and rear of the car. The grille design element of the recently updated Sportage and Sorento is expected to be part of the update. There could be a redesigned glass area above the doors and the rear side window, suggesting that Kia could be working on a modified silhouette of the van.
At the rear, the coating is even dense, suggesting a completely reworked posterior. It seems like an unnecessary disguise if this is a minor mid-life update. However, if the Korean automaker goes to great lengths to hide the prototype and test it in different parts of the world, we expect a major update for the Korean MPV.
Still, the biggest change for the minivan will be under the skin. The new eight-speed automatic transmission will replace the six-speed unit currently on offer. Expect the outdated infotainment system to be replaced with a more modern unit. However, the Sedona will continue to be powered by the same set of gasoline and diesel engines.
Kia is expected to present the new updated Sedona / Carnival next year as a 2019 model year update. The minivan needs an update as the competition has pushed the game further with the new one. generation of Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica.