Step Right Up, Minivan Shoppers! Next-Gen Kia Sedona Revealed in Korean Carnival

563053 Kia Carnival | Manufacturer image

Remember when minivans were so uncool that automakers tried to disguise them as SUVs, with upright noses and squared-off rear ends? Well, what goes around comes around and it looks like the next generation of the Kia Sedona, which the automaker calls a “grand utility vehicle,” is playing dress up. Kia unveiled info about its new Carnival SUV, the Korean version of its Sedona minivan.

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The model wears SUV-inspired exterior cues like a short front overhang, athletic bodyside styling, a metallic lower skid plate and large wheel arches. In front is what Kia calls a “tiger face,” which combines the headlight design and a version of the automaker’s tiger-nose grille. In back, it has a blocky shape and full-width taillights.

The Kia Sedona was last redesigned for the 2015 model year, and the current Sedona got a mild update for 2019. The front-wheel-drive minivan seats seven or eight, depending on the trim level and uses a 276-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  

Kia released few details about the new Carnival, but said the model will go on sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020; the minivan will go on sale in other markets as the Sedona after that.

563054 Kia Carnival | Manufacturer image

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