It's Korean twin, the Carnival, looks majestic.
Last week, we showed you a teaser sketch released by Kia that showed the new Sedona, or Carnival as it is known in some markets. The sketch was pretty basic but revealed enough for us to know that the new Sedona wouldn't be ugly. Well, now we have confirmation of this, with the finished Carnival finally being revealed by Kia. And what a final product it is. It looks absolutely stunning, with an intricate grille that follows the basic principles of design as set out by other Kia products and then molding them to its own shape. The interior is going to be gorgeous, but now we can say with certainty that the exterior will be just as attractive.
Compared to the old model, the new Sedona, which will likely be identical to the Carnival pictured here, will have a less angry but still assertive face that is as sharp as it is attractive. Kia calls the latest Sedona a Grand Utility Vehicle, and the influence from sports utility vehicles is clear to see. There's something of a Land Rover Discovery in those headlights, and quite a bit of Lincoln Navigator in the profile, but all the new elements come together well and complement each other perfectly. Of course, it's going to take more than just some pretty design elements for the Sedona to be a success once again, but it seems Kia has that covered.
The rear is where we see the most radical changes, with the introduction of a new full-length taillight that adds visual width and makes the Carnival look a little more premium. A subtle roof spoiler is once again included along with roof rails, while the bottom of the rear end shows a contrasting skidplate diffuser design element that matches the one seen on the front bumper.
Overall, the new Sedona is certainly likely to be as pretty as we had hoped, but we'll have to wait a little longer to learn more about powertrains and other details. Sales in Korea start soon, with the rest of the world expected to see the new arrival before the end of the year.