Designer Peter Schreyer has worked his way through the bulk of Kia’s lineup, reworking and reforging extant models into the recognizable faces you see all over the road today. He does this partly by improving the look of the cars, tailoring each to fit the aggressive tiger-nose grille and wrap-around headlights, and partly by turning them into cars that people want to be seen driving. The face of the car isn’t the only face that changes – there’s a big smile on the driver’s face, too.
One Kia has been waiting for its Schreyer touch longer than the others, and we’re now happy to share the news that the wait is over for the 2015 Kia Sedona.
Unveiled prior to the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the new Sedona shows that Kia is committed to the minivan segment. While other minivans have begun to disappear in favor of crossovers and CUVs, Kia understands that there is still a need for a traditional people-carrier that is functional, safe, and fun to drive. As such, the Sedona has been reconfigured with the intent of being the absolute best van on the market.
It seats seven or eight and has excellent measurements for legroom and stowage capacity. The Sedona also has a chassis that is 36 percent stiffer than the competition, and while it hasn’t been crash-tested yet, Kia fully expects top marks on the NHTSA’s safety tests. A surround view monitoring system will definitely help with that endeavor.
The 2015 Sedona will also be fun for everyone. Passengers will enjoy the options that Kia’s most recent UVO technology affords them, including integration for iOS and Android as well as Kia’s new app store, which we’ll get more details on later. There are also USB ports in addition to house-style electrical outlets. While everyone in the backseat won’t have to worry about power, neither will the driver. Under the hood, the Sedona is packing a 3.3-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, a powertrain that will deliver 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.
To find out more about the 2015 Kia Sedona, you can visit Autoblog, or if you’re the kind of person who likes an official press release, go ahead and read over it on Kia’s Media site. The new Sedona is expected to go on sale late this year. Feel free to get in touch with us at Leith Autopark Kia if you have any questions about availability.