Kia Officially Announces Sedona Replacement, Newish Name

kia officially announces sedona replacement newish name

As is often the case with global products, the Kia Sedona minivan doesn’t go by the same name in all regions. In its home market of South Korea, it answers to the Carnival moniker and is already on its fourth generation using Hyundai/Kia’s mid-size N3 platform.

Destined to enter the North American market as a 2022 model-year vehicle, the manufacturer used this week to promote its February 23rd debut via livestream. It also confirmed that it would no longer be using the Sedona name and would henceforth be known as the Carnival in the Western world.

Sadly, this might be our only real surprise from the vehicle — and not much of one since it was rumored to happen for months. The redesigned Carnival (pictured) already debuted in its home market last year, giving us an excellent idea of what we can expect to see at the dealership.

Teaser images haven’t done much to suggest that the American version will be all that different from the Korean model and we already know Kia plans on offering it with the 290-horsepower Smartstream G3.5 GDi V6 and nothing else. While that could change later on, introductory models will see the powerplant mated to an eight-speed automatic driving the front wheels.

Seating configurations should allow for swiveling captain’s chairs in the second row, letting customers option their van to seat seven or eight. There should also be matching 12.3-inch displays for both instrumentation and infotainment. It’s also dimensionally larger than the outgoing Sedona, gaining 1.6 inches in overall length. While some of this could be attributed to its substantially boxier design, its wheelbase has also been stretched by 1.2 inches. Kia is promising more interior volume for passengers and 102.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

The North American Kia Carnival has its introductory livestream scheduled for February 23 at 2:00 PM EST. Those interested can schedule a reminder for themselves or just head over to the streamworks site when the time comes.

[Images: Kia Motors]

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  • RHD RHD on Feb 20, 2021

    "Carnival" brings to mind lots of flashing lights, overpriced lousy food, ripoff game booths run by dubious-looking carnies, shortchange artists at the ticket booth, garbage all over the ground... not what a vehicle name should bring to mind. "Sedona" sounds vaguely Western, an interesting, exotic, faraway place that you would need a comfortable, spacious, dependable vehicle to get to. Hey, Kia, it's not too late to change your mind about this!

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Feb 22, 2021

    Boring is very good especially when it comes to reliability. Not boring is an Italian car that is challenging to keep running. Boring is very good.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.