Kia recently changed the name of its midsize sedan from Optima to K5. Recent rumors indicated that the automaker would do the same with its van, changing the name from Sedona to Carnival. While rumors don’t always unfold, Autoblog found an official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) document on Sedona Forum which indicates that the automaker’s van will be named Carnival in 2022.
The name change may seem confusing, but it’s not a huge change for consumers. And Kia didn’t exactly invent the name of the carnival out of thin air. The South Korean brand has been using the Carnival name since 1998 for its minivan. When Kia launched the minivan in the US market, it chose Sedona for marketing reasons. Now that the Sedona needs a complete overhaul, Kia has decided to keep things simple by giving their van the same overall name.
Kia Carnival 2022 was unveiled in June 2020 in South Korea. The Carnival will feature a sharper design than the Sedona, while incorporating some design cues from the automaker’s rugged SUVs. Inside, the van will have more interior space, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
According to the NHTSA document, the Carnival will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The engine will be rated at 294 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The minivan is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2021 with a price set from over $ 30,000.
Name changes don’t play a big role in how a vehicle sells. The K5 went on sale in the United States in July 2020 and accounted for a total of 31,656 units sold throughout the year. Without a full year of sales, it’s hard to tell if the K5 is doing well. In 2020, Nissan sold 137,988 units of the Altima, Honda sold 199,458 units of the Accord, and Toyota sold 294,348 units of the Camry. A name change and a complete overhaul might be what Kia’s minivan needs, as Kia only sold 13,190 units last year.
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