After we revealed that the next-gen Kia Sedona were set to debut at New York Auto Show in April, today we have the very first interior spy pictures of the new Carnival (as its known in South Korea and several overseas markets) that also will come with new engines including a hybrid powertrain for the US-market and latest technology.
Codenamed as “KA4” the new Carnival will suffer a big change in terms of design as it looks more boxy than the current one, with a “Soul” inspired front design. I’m pretty sure that this new Sedona could offer a more rugged look (maybe a X-Line variant) to conquer more customers that are looking for a SUV.
On the powertrain side, the old 3.3 V6 engines will be substituted by the new Theta III 2.5-liter Turbo engine and will also use the same Hybrid powertrain as new Sorento and facelifted Santa Fe, with the 1.6 Turbo GDi and an electric motor. Latest report from South Korea announces release of the US-spec at the New York AutoShow in April, with Korean-spec arriving in July.
The interior has some elements from the soon to be revealed new Sorento, as the steering wheel, and also shares with Sorento and K5 the design of the cluster and infotainment touchscreen. But it also shows its own style with air vents that go side-to-side.
The new Sedona will use the 3rd generation platform introduced on the new Sonata and K5. According to the source the front view is planted with a long horizontal LED headlamp like the Seltos, and daytime running lights extend to the inside of the grille. The giant tiger nose was raised like in the Mohave.
The key is side view. A sharp angle at the top of the pillar that it is very different from the current rounded model. Straight window line also points. This makes it feel as grand and a large SUV. Despite the back is covered by a thick camouflage and details can’t be seen, but it has a long horizontal tail lamp. Carnival’s unique two- column sliding door maintained.
Stay tuned for more details soon!