The Land of the Morning Calm has been anything but these days as Kia is still in a rush to get its new products introduced to market. The next one to be introduced to the U.S. looks to be the all-new 2015 Kia Sedona, which our spy photographers recently caught testing in its native South Korea.
After a hiatus for 2013 after some kinks in readying the new van, Kia reintroduced the Sedona minivan with more safety features and better emissions technologies in an effort to buy time for the new van. And it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.
Inspired by the Kia KV7 minivan concept that made its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the new Sedona doesn’t get the funky headlights and grille or the wrap-around tail lights, but it retains the same basic boxy shape. Seeing as how popular the box has been for Kia with the Soul, that might not be a bad thing.
We expect power to come from a 3.3-liter V-6 shared with the 2014 Kia Cadenza full-size sedan and 2014 Kia Sorento, making somewhere around 290 horsepower. It should be powered through the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, although that could definitely change in the meantime.
Kia has stuck by its guns with the minivan, despite selling just over 20,000 last year versus numbers in the hundreds of thousands for Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler. Still, the Sedona is a popular choice in South Korea, and Kia’s representatives in the U.S. say the segment is vital for their growth as a full-line automaker in the States.
At the launch of the 2014 Kia Cadenza, we were told by a representative from Kia to expect to hear more news about the new minivan by the end of this year. That means we should be looking for official information around the time of November’s Los Angeles Auto Show.