Kia Sedona becomes Grand(er)

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 3, 2015

Originally known as the Carnival in its first generation guise from 1998-2006, Kia has announced pricing details of its third generation Sedona MPV, which now also adopts the Grand prefix.

Available internationally since April 2014, the newcomer, once again styled by lead designer Peter Schreyer, borrows a number of styling cues from the recently launched Sorento, the most notable being the signature tiger nose grille, wrap around headlights with daytime running LED’s, new bumper and a raising shoulder line.

Measuring 5 115 mm in length, 1 740 mm in height and a wheelbase of 3 060 mm, the Grand Sedona will once again be available as a seven seater but also with eleven seats for the first time.

Claimed to offer a luxury yet sophisticated cabin, the interior has been completely redesigned with the adoption of the same layout as the Sorento, while the previous model’s dash mounted gear lever now moves to the floor.

In a segment first, the Grand Sedona also offers heated second row seating with seven-seat models featuring “stand-up” seats allowing the base cushion to fold forward, and the rest of the seat to slide forward.

On eleven seats models, second and third rows are able to slide fore and aft to allow greater legroom for passengers in the rows behind, while the third row seat backs can also flip forward to allow greater cargo space. In addition, the fourth row can be folded completely flat when more space is required.

Cargo space on seven-seat models measures 960-litres with all three rows up, but grows to 2 220-litres when two rows are in need, and to 4 022-litres all seats flat.

Said to have been inspired by first-class air travel, the Grand Sedona boasts a comprehensive list of standard features such as an electric tailgate with approaching motion sensors, dual electric doors, a seven-inch TFT LCD instrument display and a 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Other features, model dependent, includes cruise control, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera, heated leather steering wheel, cooled glovebox, overhead air-conditioning vents with separate controls for all four rows, dual sunroofs and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.

Notable safety equipment includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and eight airbags.

Up front, the Grand Sedona makes use of a single petrol or turbodiesel engine all driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Replacing the previous 3.8-litre petrol mill, the new 3.3-litre V6 produces 199 kW and 380 N.m of torque, while the 2.2-litre CRDi has been revised from the unit used in the Sorento, to deliver 147 kW and 440 N.m of torque.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty and five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard on all model.

 

PRICES

MODEL POWER PRICE
2.2 CRDI EX 7-seat 147 kW / 440 N.m R499 900
2.2 CRDI EX 11-seat 147 kW / 440 N.m R515 995
2.2 CRDI SX 7-seat 147 kW / 440 N.m R625 995
2.2 CRDI SXL 7-seat 147 kW / 440 N.m R669 995
3.8 SX 7-seat 199 kW / 380 N.m R605 995
3.8 SXL 7-seat 199 kW / 380 N.m R649 995
3.8 SXL 11-seat 199 kW / 380 N.m TBC