The Korean automaker has debuted its new generation minivan in front of the public during the 2014 New York Auto Show, bringing an upscale jump for the interior and refreshed styling for the exterior.
With the 2015 Sedona, Kia has now completed the restyling of its entire US line-up under the hands of design director Peter Schreyer. The front end of the car has a crossover-style inspirational design, with a big and prominent grille flanked by LED lights. The length of the car is subdued by the cab forward design, with a huge windscreen and big side windows. The back is no revolution, but features a standard roof spoiler and LED taillights.
The interior design seeks simplicity and is dominated by the new steering wheel, very big center console and features nice to touch soft plastics. Since we’re dealing with a minivan, more important is the interior space – which Kia says it has been boosted despite keeping the overall length and height, thanks to a 1.6 inches (4 cm) wheelbase increase.
Seating configurations can vary from seven- eight seats arrangement to a second row “First Class” lounge seating that can be fitted to face rearwards to increase available space. Also, the Sedona has “YES Essentials” fabric seats – providing anti-microbial/anti-static protection and stain-repelling features.
The 2015 Sedona is powered by a new Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-liter V6 engine, replacing the older 3.5 liter V6 and providing 276 hp at 6,000 rpm, with a torque of 248 lb.-ft. (336 Nm) at 5,200 rpm.