Minivans aren’t precisely big enterprise in America anymore—of three.5 million new automobiles offered within the first quarter of the 12 months, simply 81,000 or so had been of the sliding-door selection—however however Kia has simply dropped a teaser of its next-generation Carnival, which higher as the Sedona.
Kia calls the brand new Sedona minivan a “grand utility automobile,” for no matter that is price. It isn’t clear if that description signifies that the van will likely be shifting up in specification or if it is merely advertising and marketing hyperbole. Kia says the design is “SUV-inspired” as a result of minivans are automobile non grata today, and that affect may be seen within the longer, flatter hood. That is a visible trick utilized variously by minivan makers through the years, together with by Normal Motors with its 2005-2009 U-platform “Crossover Sport Vans” and Nissan with its floundering full-size NV van.
The ’21 Sedona’s entrance fascia visually connects the headlamps to Kia’s “tiger-nose” grille through complicated daytime operating lights that additionally strongly outline every aspect. On the edges, a crisp beltline crease runs from headlamps to taillamps, however the panels in any other case appear spare and slabby. That is in direct distinction to Toyota and its new 2021 Sienna, which is extra bulging and natural. A chrome sail panel is fitted to the C-pillar so as to add some further sizzle. General, the design appears to construct on the delicate simplicity of the smash-hit Telluride SUV, however we’ll should see actual photographs, to not point out the subsequent Sedona in individual, to see if Kia’s hit one other design house run.
In fact, with fewer than 6,000 Sedonas moved to this point in 2020, we’ve got to surprise if Kia will trouble bringing the brand new mannequin to America this time round. We reached out to Kia Motors America, who mentioned, basically, it has nothing to say in regards to the next-gen Sedona till it does. However even because the Telluride brings scores of recent Kia patrons into the fold, there’s nothing just like the easy-driving character and environment friendly practicality and packaging of a minivan. The brand new Carnival goes on sale in Korea within the third quarter of this 12 months, with different markets to observe.