The Sedona is expected to go on sale next year, but Kia has already confirmed that the new model won't be coming to Europe. Instead, it's expected to be a US-only car. The last version of the Sedona to be sold in the UK was axed in 2012.
This picture shows the new mid-size MPV gets Kia's new corporate front-end design, with a larger, more prominent front grille, new LED lighting and a raked windscreen. The new model will be able to carry eight passengers as well as luggage, with the new Sedona being aimed at "adventure seekers". A statement from the firm says the new Sedona will "further raise the bar in styling and specifications for the segment".
The new car should continue Kia's trend of giving its models more distinctive styling. Head of design for Kia and Hyundai Peter Schreyer told Autocar last year that he wanted to see the two brands gain greater differentiation in the market.
Engines powering the new Sedona include a new 3.3-litre V6 GDi petrol with around 290bhp and 252lb ft of torque. A range of diesel CRDi engines should also be offered. Kia says the model also features its next-generation infotainment and telematics system, dubbed UVO.
The Korean manufacturer decided to phase-out production of the European-spec Sedona in 2011, with senior sources telling Autocar there wasn't a demand for large MPVs any more, and that sales in the sector were steadily declining. "It's hard to make a business case for a large MPV with lots of power and high emissions", said the source.