A full redesign brings a new level of cool to the 2015 Kia Sedona that made its world debut in New York. In addition to bolder styling that gives it a more crossover-like character, Kia's minivan is more powerful, capable and comfortable than the vehicle it replaces as well as being even safer. As part of adding what it calls "an element of desire" to the formula, Kia also gave the new Sedona an even wider range of tech features to please both the driver and all others aboard.
Standing out from the crowd
Visually, the 2015 Sedona displays the kind of contemporary cues we've come to expect from Kia products developed under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer. The edgier, well-tailored shape is complemented by a classic Schreyer-style grille treatment, a steeply raked windshield, LED lighting elements and a functional rear spoiler. While overall size remains unchanged, the new Sedona's front/rear overhangs have been trimmed and its wheelbase extended by 1.6 inches.
Kia's remade MPV ups its appeal inside as well, gaining a more user-friendly overall design and loads more soft-touch surfaces in a cabin that can carry seven or eight. In addition to more passenger space in all seating positions, on-the-go reconfiguring is now easier thanks to second-row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating that also offers fore/aft adjustability coupled with a 60/40 in-floor retractable rear bench. Available Captain's Chairs for the second row feature extendable leg rests to further enhance long-distance comfort.
In keeping with its mission, the 2015 Sedona offers an expansive roster of comfort and convenience features, including the latest generation of Kia's UVO Infotainment & Telematics system. Among the other notable standard items are a high-output USB charging port, 115V AC outlet and a dual-level glove box with a cooled lower area as a Surround View Monitor and a hands-free "Smart Tailgate."
Playing it even safer
The new Sedona also ups its game on the safety front. Roll Over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control join the existing list of standards that include Electronic Stability/Traction Control, Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution while Vehicle Stability Management, Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now on offer as new options.
Underpinning the new Sedona is a structure made from 76 percent high- or ultra-high strength steel, an upgrade that enhances its crash-protection potential and creates a more stable platform for its redesigned suspension that puts greater emphasis on handling as well as on improving ride. A more intensive noise reduction effort also promises to make this new Kia one of the quietest vehicles in its segment. All 2015 Sedona models will be fitted with Kia's new Lambda 3.3-liter GDI engine that makes 276 horsepower and drives the front wheels though a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2015 Kia Sedona will arrive in dealer showrooms this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the actual on-sale date.
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