Although officially labeled as an MPV, don’t let that designation fool you — the concept previews the 2015 Sedona, which will compete against the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country in the minivan segment.
Kia’s characteristic front grille has been significantly enlarged, while the headlights have been swept back with a more modern design. The 2015 Sedona features a rising beltline reminiscent of the “thunderbolt” design seen on the Odyssey.
The redesigned model retains virtually the same width and height on the outside, however the interior benefits from more front shoulder room and greater leg room in the front, second and third rows. The modular seating system can be configured for seven or eight passengers, with optional “First Class” lounge seats — with retractable leg rests — available for the second row.
The company has revamped its next-generation UVO infotainment system with four new features: geo-fencing, speed alert, curfew alert and driving score. Technology upgrades extend to the Surround View Mirror, providing real-time images from cameras placed around the vehicle, and a variety of optional driver-assistance features.
Power will be supplied by a 3.3L direct-injection V6 borrowed from the Sorento and Cadenza, providing 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels via six-speed automatic transmission.
“This global debut will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings whilst also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers,” the company notes.