But will this improve sales?
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, the Kia Sedona minivan was given a refresh with updated styling, a more spacious cabin, and new technology. Despite the changes, the Kia Sedona's sales still fall significantly short of its more popular competitors such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Honda Odyssey.
Last year, Kia sold 15,931 Sedonas in the US. For comparison, Dodge sold 122,648 Grand Caravans the same year, despite being ancient. After being on sale since the 2015 model year, the current Kia Sedona will soon be replaced by an all-new model.
Sources have told Indian Autos Blog that the new Sedona, which is known as the Kia Carnival in South Korea, will debut at the 2020 New York Auto Show in April before going on sale in South Korea this July.
The new 2021 Kia Sedona will measure 202 inches long, 78 inches wide, and 68 inches high, making it 1.5 inches longer and 0.3 inches wider than the outgoing model but just as tall. The wheelbase will also be 1.18 inches longer, measuring 121.6 inches. Spy shots have shown the next-generation Sedona will feature new LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and a new bumper.
Engine options for the new Kia Sedona haven't been confirmed. The current Sedona uses a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A plug-in hybrid version could also join the lineup, which will likely be the same electrified powertrain that will be offered for the Hyundai Santa Fe later this year. Like the old model, the all-new Sedona should be offered with a three- and four-row seating layout. After the new Kia Sedona debuts at the Big Apple, the redesigned minivan will most likely launch in North America later this year or early next year, but we'll have to wait until the reveal for the official details.
Read also about the Honda Odyssey from our review.