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2021 Kia Sedona minivan spied in the wild

2021 Kia Sedona minivan spied in the wild

The Chrysler Pacifica proved there was life in minivans despite the massive shift towards crossovers. It seems Kia are on the same page as they are planning a reveal of a new version of their own minivan, the 2021 Kia Sedona.

The guys over at Carscoops got a bunch of images of the 2021 Kia Sedona minivan being tested in Germany. These combine with other shots we saw of the Sedona being tested in the snow. While there is a lot of camouflage on the car, we get an idea of the basic outline of the new minivan.

2021 Kia Sedona

What we can see is a different shape than the existing model. We won’t lean too heavily on that assumption though given the volume of material hiding its true identity but the outline definitely looks different than the existing Sedona.

There also seems to be a new style grille and headlight arrangement and new look rear lighting. We expect big changes at the rear as most of the camouflage was concentrated on the rear quarters and rear door. Just what the material was hiding remains to be seen.

There isn’t a great deal an automaker can do with the minivan. A certain shape and size is required for it to fulfill its primary use so options are limited. However, the Pacifica showed us just how far you can push a design while keeping the original purpose and modernizing design, offering innovative features and lots of technology.

Given Kia’s ability to do all those things, we expect some significant changes in the 2021 Kia Sedona minivan.

Engines and mechanicals

While the main design will be updated, we expect some new engines, or at least, updated engines to feature. Rumours have the Sedona with either a 3.3-litre V6 or a new 3.5-litre V6, a 2.5-litre four cylinder, perhaps with a turbocharger and a diesel version for its global sales.

Each engine will use a manual or automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. AWD may be an option, we don’t know yet.

There may even be a hybrid version too. I think this is likely given the current market but Kia has remained tight-lipped on the subject. There may not be a hybrid variant on sale from the start but I wouldn’t bet against there being one eventually.

Inside the Sedona

It is likely that the 2021 Kia Sedona will see a significantly upgraded interior with lots of technology and all those practicalities we need in a family hauler. Again, news is very light on the subject but given how far Kia interiors have come on other models, we expect the same progress here.

We don’t yet know when the 2021 Kia Sedona will be revealed and probably won’t for a little while yet. The current model can be seen at Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 if you cannot wait that long.

Image credit: Carscoops

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