Kia MPV teaser, 2014 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
The Kia Sedona has been an off-and-on part of the South Korean automaker's lineup for more than a decade. Recently, Kia dropped the Sedona from its lineup for the 2013 model year, then brought it back with minor updates for 2014.
Will the Sedona return for 2015? Maybe yes, maybe no.
For 2015, Kia says it's planning to introduce a new MPV, described as a "mid-size multi-purpose vehicle." In a press release, Kia said the new vehicle will "offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers."
That sufficiently vague release makes for two possibilities. The first could be an entirely new, conventionally styled minivan, one sourced from Kia's assembly plants in South Korea, one badged Sedona (not Carnival, the slightly wacky name used around the rest of the world). The teaser photo issued today at least tends to confirm that minivan-style sliding doors will be a part of the equation.
The second possibility? Kia will adapt the existing three-row crossover body from the Hyundai Santa Fe, will add sliding doors, and will become the first automaker to recognize that big crossovers really are just like minivans in almost every way except for one.
We'll know more in two weeks when we report on the new Kia live from the 2014 New York auto show. Stay tuned for our coverage from Javits Center here at The Car Connection, and from our sister sites Motor Authority and Green Car Reports.