Fourth-Gen Kia Carnival / Sedona Minivan Previewed With Fresh Design
A teaser image of the next-generation Kia Carnival / Sedona has been released by the South Korean car manufacturer prior to hitting the market later this year.
The image depicts the new Carnival in Korean specification and shows the minivan in a shade of eye-catching red paint sitting on a set of mammoth wheels with silver spokes. As our own recent rendering indicated, the fourth-generation model will look dramatically different than the outgoing model.
Kia has been producing the third-generation Carnival/Sedona since 2014, so it’s not surprising that the minivan looks at odds with the company’s current design language. Consequently, significant alterations have been made for the 2021 model, including the fitment of Kia’s recognizable ‘tiger-nose’ front grille. The minivan also sports angular new headlamps with striking daytime running lights.
From the side we can see that the minivan has fewer soft edges than the current model, adopting straighter lines and angular edges instead. Kia looks to have hidden the B-pillars behind the side windows while opting for pronounced C-pillars. The model pictured is also rocking a set of black roof rails.
It is understood the new Carnival / Sedona rides on the same platform as the Sorento. If this is the case, it will likely share its engines with the crossover, including a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumping out 277 hp and 310 lb-ft (421 Nm) of torque. Another powertrain that could be offered is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack producing a combined 227 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. Kia may also offer a plug-in hybrid and a 2.2-liter diesel.
Sales will start in Korea in the third quarter of the year with global markets to follow thereafter.
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