The rise of crossovers and SUVs has seriously affected sales of minivans, but the family body style is still relevant enough for Kia to justify a new generation of its large minivan. He has big shoes to fill since the three generations of Carnival / Sedona have racked up sales in excess of two million since the vehicle was launched in 1998.
Called the “Large Utility Vehicle,” the new Kia minivan at the top of the range shows its square shape and modern style in a teaser image. It has thinner LED headlights and a revised “tiger nose” grille with vertical slats. The front bumper has a completely new look and no longer seems to contain the four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights.
The side profile reveals a giant greenhouse and the mirrors now sit lower on the doors. A prominent upper character line provides a visual link between the headlights and taillights, as does the outgoing model. While this is not noticeable, it is believed that the revised van will increase in size by adopting an extended wheelbase to allow for an even more spacious interior cabin. For the same purpose, it is rumored that Kia also plans to make it a little wider.
Don’t hold your breath to see these big wheels on the production car as automakers are notorious for exaggerating details when they publish design sketches. In fact, you can actually check out the same wheels on the prototype that our spies just spotted, and they’re much smaller in real life. While Kia’s teaser does not allow us to see the rear of the Sedona, the spy photos show a flatter configuration of the rear lights and the license plate mounted high enough on the tailgate.
Kia promises to unveil the fourth generation Carnival “soon” before sales begin at the South Korean plant for the third quarter of the year. The American division of the automaker does not yet know if the new version of the Sedona will go on sale for the 2021 model year. This could happen, because a rumor at the beginning of this year alleged a revelation in April at the Salon de l car from New York, but with the event postponed to August, then finally canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this never happened.
This could mean that the American specification minivan will be on display in the coming months and could make an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the second half of November.
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