Here's what it will look like with an image direct from Seoul.
Kia is known for building great cars that appeal to families for their practicality, comfort, affordability, style, and warranty coverage. It's a formula that has been distilled and perfected in the brand's flagship minivan, the Sedona. As we've reported already, the Sedona, which is known as the Carnival in Korea, will be coming with big changes and enhancements that a flagship model like this minivan deserves. No matter what it's called, the Carnival is going to have a stunningly gorgeous interior. Now, thanks to a press release from Kia's headquarters in Seoul, we've been given a glimpse into the future model's exterior styling too.
As we can see from the above pictures, the current Sedona is a pretty good-looking thing as it is, yet Kia seems to have found a way to hang on to certain cues while still updating the minivan with what appear to be LED headlights that feed from the beltline and into the signature 'tiger-nose' grille of today's Kias. We can see that below these headlights will be a high cheekbone with the same sort of aggressive contour. At a quick glance, one may even see hints of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. But that's not the only car that may have provided inspiration.
There's more than a hint of Lincoln Navigator in that roof and window design too, and those blacked-out A-pillars seem to invoke the Range Rover Evoque. Regardless of whether or not the design borrows from some of today's prettiest vehicles, Kia will no doubt be going all out to ensure the Sedona is worthy of the new title that Kia has bestowed on it: Grand Utility Vehicle.
With a billing like that, the Sedona is likely to be something to look forward to, even if you never liked vans in the first place. Sales in Korea are predicted to begin in the third quarter of 2020, with global sales to follow. Looks like we won't have to wait much longer.