The surprisingly handsome 2022 Kia CarnivalSedona’s name change was officially confirmed today; the news had been leaked last month. We also get a few trim details, and while Kia claims the Carnival is now a “Great Utility Vehicle,” it won’t go on sale with the all-wheel drive option.
Kia is making many changes to its fourth-generation American minivan. The first three generations carried the Sedona model name, and now the model adopts the nameplate of its Korean sister model. The design is more like an SUV, hence the attempt to label it a Large Utility Vehicle in previous previews, before swapping it out and calling the model a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) in the latest press release. It will also be the first model in the US to go on sale with the redesigned company logo.
A powertrain, a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, will be available for each of the four trim levels on offer. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be available only with front-wheel drive when it goes on sale.
Average fuel efficiency has now improved slightly by a single point over the outgoing Sedona, averaging 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg city, according to EPA estimates. Kia also says its new MPV will tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Inside the sliding doors, there is an option to accommodate up to eight people, although the standard configuration seats seven. There’s also an optional VIP Lounge seating package with second-row leg-extending captain’s chairs that are ventilated and connected to the entertainment system so you never have to sit down. Some children are going to be spoiled and we all have to sit here and try to be happy for them.
The second row can be moved up so that a mounted car seat is arm’s length from the front passenger, or it can be removed entirely and the third row folds flat on the floor, for a huge cargo bay. There are also the now-familiar familiar tricks that the Honda Odyssey pioneered, including a rear-row intercom system for the driver and rear-facing interior cameras that now even include night vision.
So far only AutoGuide has submitted pricing information for the new van, which is not yet available on any US Kia website:
When it hits the shores of North America in April 2021, it will start at $ 33,275 (including destination) for the base LX model and go up to $ 47,275 for the fully loaded SX Prestige model. EX and SX will show the intermediate order and will start from $ 38,775 and $ 42,275 respectively.
A Kia spokesperson declined to confirm pricing details when Jalopnik emailed him. Official pricing information will be available for the US this week or next. The MPV itself is scheduled to go on sale in the summer.