3rd gen Kia Sedona/Carnival: larger, more stylish people-carrying box

Ahead of its public debut at the New York Auto Show, Kia has revealed the look and some details about its new Sedona/Carnival minivan.


Sporting a wheelbase that’s 40mm (1.6in) longer than before, the third generation Kia Sedona (or Carnival as it will be known in many other parts of the world) seems to be bigger than before — we don’t know for certain, yet, as Kia is keeping some details close to its chest.

In the place of the old model’s 3.5-litre V6, the new Kia Sedona will be powered by a 3.3-litre direct injection petrol V6 cranking out 206kW (276hp) of power and 336Nm (248 lb-ft) of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Sedonas/Carnivals sold in other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Australia, should also offer the option of a 4-cylinder turbo-diesel.

Depending on the model, the Sedona/Carnival will fitted with seating for six in a 2-2-3 configuration or seven via a 2-3-3 layout. Top spec 6-seat models will feature reclining second row captain’s chairs with built-in seat heating and fold-out leg rests. Second row seats can be made to slide and stow away behind the front seats. Third row seats can be stowed under the boot floor when not in use.

Features available on top spec Sedonas/Carnivals will include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights and driving lights, surround view camera system, automated tailgate, radar-guided cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning. The entertainment system, at least in the US, has Uvo branding, a fast charging 2.1A USB port, 115V power outlet, satellite radio, support for smartphone apps via the Kia App Store (available on both iOS and Android), Siri Eyes Free and Google Local searching.



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3rd gen Kia Sedona/Carnival: larger, more stylish people-carrying box