Kia will unveil an all-new seven-seat Sedona full-size MPV at the Geneva Motor Show in March. UK sales are scheduled to begin in September.
The next Sedona has been designed specifically for Europe, and is shorter than the current model. The new car is wider and taller, so has a roomier interior and a lower floor. However, the cargo volume is significantly smaller than before when all seven seats are in use.
Kia has again retained a two-three-two seating formation, but the middle-row bench seat of the current car has been replaced by three individual folding, sliding and removable chairs.
The new car should be safer as well as more spacious – Kia is optimistic of a four-star Euro NCAP occupant protection rating against two stars today.
Tri-zone climate control (left, right and rear), remote keyless entry, a trip computer with compass, remote audio controls, a mirror that lets you keep and eye on children in the second and third rows and a front screen de-icer are among the new features available.
Power comes from a 175bhp 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine, which replaces the 147bhp 2.5-litre motor in use today, and a four-cylinder 2.9-litre turbodiesel, uprated by 40bhp to 183bhp. Performance should therefore be improved, despite slight weight increases.
Five-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are available, the auto now featuring a Tiptronic-style manual shift facility.
The Sedona is regularly the UK’s top-selling large MPV among private buyers, because of its combination of value and practicality. Kia says there is bound to be an increase on today’s prices (£15,750-£20,195) to reflect the new model’s increased safety, quality, performance and equipment, but expects to keep it to a minimum.
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