Kia MPV offers seating for up to eight passengers, and represents the 'final chapter' in the brand's design transformation

The new Kia Sedona has been revealed at the New York motor show today.

With seating for up to eight, Kia says the new MPV represents the "final chapter" of its brand redesign under design boss Peter Schreyer. As such, the new Sedona gets Kia's larger, more prominent corporate front-end with a "European-inspired" design. 

The new Sedona is 1.6-inches longer than its predecessor, and sits on 19-inch alloy wheels. Kia says it has given the Sedona a muscular design at the front, enhanced by the new roof-mounted spoiler at the rear.

Inside, the Sedona is available in seven or eight-seat guises. Usual MPV storage solutions, including removable slide-forward seats and a centre-console storage space feature, alongside retractable lower leg rests in the second row of seats.

As well as soft-touch furnishings, Kia says it has also given the Sedona new anti-bacterial and anti-static fabrics in the cabin. The top-level SXL trim also features Nappa leather trim

Kia says the new Sedona is the first car to offer its next-generation UVO infotainment and telematics system. As well as applications for navigation and music, the system also handles Siri 'Eyes Free' technology for iPhones.

The new Sedona sits on an all-new chassis, made from 76 per cent high-strength steel, alongside a suspension set-up which Kia says should improve its ride and handling. 

Powering the MPV is a 3.3-litre V6 engine, replacing the current 3.5-litre V6, and the same unit found in the Sorento and Cadenza models. That engine has 272bhp and 248lb ft of torque, and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Sedona is scheduled to go on sale in the US by the fourth quarter of this year, with pricing announced closer to its launch date. Kia has confirmed the new model won't be coming to Europe.

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15 April 2014
It seems a shame to me not to offer this to European markets with a diesel engine, we get offered all sorts of exotic sports cars with V6's & occasionally V8's but large practical full size MPV's are thin on the ground. With the right engine this may do well in the UK.

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15 April 2014
...the new Sedona may be heavier than the current Sorento, a little. But even though performance might be unexciting. I suspect that the 2,2l. engine is sufficient for a vehicle that nobody in the right mind will anyhow want to hustle down the road.

16 April 2014
It is quite commodious but you usually hear people in Europe going on about how they can get seven people into a vehicle the size of a Focus and think anything bigger is wasteful.

However, in America, we don't have that issue and like to be able to put things in our vans in addition to people. I am not keen on the high window between the C and D pillars as it just a huge blindspot for small cars to hide in (though I am guessing this has some sort of detector for that sort of thing to help minimize any human element to driving). I am sure my wife will love this as long as the ride is actually compliant unlike her Gen-1 Soul and the Sorrento we test drove last year when I was shopping for a family vehicle.

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