The Asian firm took everyone by surprise by revealing in Korea the new Kia Sedona 2022 (Kia Carnival in those parts), a mid-size utility vehicle that is based on the new platform of the automotive giant and shows notable changes about the model that precedes it.
The first thing that catches the eye is the front where we find the traditional “tiger nose” style grille, as well as optical assemblies of sharp design and enriched with daytime LED lighting. The front fascia is new and now features a much more sculpted style, highlighting a lower air intake enriched with metal trim.
In the later section, we find some other noteworthy changes, such as, for example, the newly designed headlight assemblies with a luminous line that runs the entire width of the vehicle.
Once it goes on sale in Korea, the new 2022 Kia Sedona will be available in eight exterior colors, as well as a full range of wheels, ranging in diameter from 17 to 19 inches.
Thanks to the new platform, Kia Sedona has grown notarially, increasing its length by 40 mm, with a wheelbase that has grown by approximately 30 mm to offer more interior space.
Depending on the market, this new vehicle will be available in three or four-row seating configurations with room for seven, eight, or 11 occupants, in addition to different configurations for them.
Kia Sedona 2022 Interior
According to the South Korean firm, in a seven-seat configuration, the new Kia Carnival Sedona 2022 includes reclining “premium relaxation seats” for second-row occupants with adjustable backrest, armrests and leg rests.
In front of the driver and his passenger, we find the completely redesigned dashboard which highlights the new 12.3-inch digital instrument screen and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, both screens located under a single piece of glass.
The infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard and, depending on the market it reaches, the Kia Live services will be included, offering live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of possible parking spaces in the public thoroughfare and off it.
Like other models that we have seen recently, this new Kia model implements a system by which passengers in the front area can have a conversation or watch infants traveling in the rear section, thanks to a small camera connected to the infotainment system. Another key feature of this new minivan is the smart one-button open and close for the power sliding rear doors and the tailgate.
In terms of engine, the new 2022 Kia Sedona will feature a 2.2-liter Smart steam diesel engine with 199 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, a 3.5-liter MPi gasoline engine with 268 hp and 245 lb-ft, and a GDi 3.5-liter V6 with 290 hp and 262 pound-feet. All these engines will be mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.