New Kia Sedona / Carnival Debuts As The First ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’

It was less than a week ago when Kia teased the all-new Sedona (Carnival in other markets) and now the wraps are coming off the completely redesigned minivan. While it still looks very much like a minivan to us, the South Korean marque wishes to emphasize we’re actually dealing with a “Grand Utility Vehicle.” It’s a reference to the SUV-influenced design cues, but the tall body, boxy shape, massive greenhouse, and sliding rear doors are very much minivan.
It’s got a shorter front overhang than the model it replaces and the A-pillars have been moved backwards to allow Kia’s designers and engineers to come up with a longer hood. While the company is being coy on technical specifications, it does say the wheelbase has been extended to free up more room inside the cabin.
While the A- and B-pillars have been blacked out, the C-pillar has a chrome finish with a diamond pattern in the same vein as the latest Sorento SUV, but much more prominent since it extends towards the tailgate. A strong upper character line creates a visual connection between the headlights and taillights to further emphasize the car’s generous size.
The back of the new Sedona features a full-width LED light strip that’s becoming quite common on new cars, while the generous size of the tailgate facilitates loading and unloading cargo. The “Limousine” badge on the bottom right corner of the tailgate is a reference to the minivan’s trim level, meaning this is the one fitted with all the bells and whistles.
Images of the interior are not available at the moment of writing, but Kia says it will share more details soon ahead of a launch in South Korea planned for the third quarter of 2020. It is believed power will be provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine and a hybrid setup inherited from the new Sorento, with a diesel likely planned for some markets.
The US-spec minivan is likely scheduled to go on sale sometime next year as a 2022MY.
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