Kia will indeed introduce the 2015 Kia Sedona at the New York auto show, heralding the next generation of its long-overdue minivan. Last redesigned in 2006, the new Kia Sedona will look to strike back at the minivan segment dominated by the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, and Honda Odyssey.
The most important improvement on the 2015 Kia Sedona is in the looks department. Kia’s prominent modern styling character adds a dash of attitude to the previously drab minivan, which adopts the same black-painted wheels and black mesh corporate grille as the Cadenza, Optima, and Forte.
Sleek profile looks come courtesy of a nicely-sloped roofline and stand-out character lines below the door handles and over the rear wheels. The chrome-trimmed Sedona’s invisible B-, C-, and D-pillars give the minivan a banner-like window profile that is both sharp and stately-looking.
Underneath the new sheet metal is an all-new chassis, as well as Kia’s 3.3-liter direct-injection V-6. The Kia Cadenza benefits from the same V-6 engine that is rated at 293 hp, and it's likely the Sedona will have a similar amount of power. In addition to a modernized and upgraded interior, the 2014 Kia Sedona will receive the Korean automaker’s UVO infotainment system, complete with Bluetooth connectivity, Google Maps integration, and voice-activated functionality.
The 2015 Kia Sedona will probably get a slight price hike over the outgoing model’s $25,900 starting price. However, considering Kia’s high quality interior and leaps forward in ride quality, customers should get what they pay for. Follow our coverage of the 2015 New York auto show for more information on the 2015 Kia Sedona.