In an automotive world dominated by crossovers and SUVs, it’s refreshing to see that the old van is still receiving love. The Kia fourth generation Sedona / Carnival showed its all-new exterior about three weeks ago, and now it’s time to take a look inside the cabin. As with the body, the interior has undergone massive changes to signal the company’s decision to push the family carrier to the top end.
The Sedona is the latest in a long line of models to adopt a side-by-side screen layout, with a 12.3-inch digital dashboard joined by a touchscreen infotainment system of the same size. The wraparound dashboard effect is best performed on the new model to create a comfortable atmosphere, while the lower center console hosts touch controls for climate settings.
The large shift lever has been replaced by a much sleeker rotary knob that uses shifting technology, which means the electronic controls do all the work, without the need for a mechanical connection between the shift lever. speed and transmission. We notice that the dashboard of the minivan is split in half by what can give the impression of a full width air vent due to the plastic panels with a chrome strip imitating the four air vents real.
Kia has only released one interior image, but we know the new van will be offered with seven, nine or 11 seats in three or four rows. The most popular so far has been the seven-seat layout, which in the new generation has a reclining captain’s chair with adjustable armrests, backrests and legrests for second-row occupants . They also have access to USB chargers mounted on the back of the seats, as well as storage nets and a storage drawer with an integrated tray.
With the wheelbase increasing by 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) and the bodywork being 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) wider than before, this obviously translates into a more spacious cabin. Total length increased by 40 millimeters (1.57 inches), with the rear overhang 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) longer than before to unlock additional third row space and an area larger loading area.
Details on the oily parts will be disclosed in the coming weeks, before a launch on the South Korean domestic market planned for the third quarter of 2020 before an international deployment.
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