At the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the refreshed 2019 Sedona, exposing a more refined minivan that maintains the same functional benefit with adequate guest area and cargo, albeit with more style, technology, and features. Using freshly developed front and rear fascias, the Kia Sedona now sports a similar design language utilized on a few of the newer models in Kia’s lineup, while a new readily available rear-seat entertainment system in addition to other benefit features keep the Sedona’s tech lineup up-to-date. In addition, the Kia Sedona’s tried and real 3.3-liter V6 can now be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Remaining real to the CUV-like proportions that came as an outcome of Kia’s design-led change, the Sedona’s front fascia is defined by a more modern-day headlight setup that assists accomplish a sharper look, with unique LED headlamps that are standard on SX and SXL trims. Sitting happily in between the headlamps is Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grill highlighted with a comprehensive mesh-like pattern. Underneath it, a reconfigured bumper and air consumption include a dash of sportiness. Around back, the rear mix lights– complete with a new graphic– flank the restyled chrome garnish on the liftgate.
The side profile, defined by its reduced front and rear overhangs and deeply swept windscreen, ends up being more unique thanks to freshly created 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels, based on trim. And since hectic families appreciate a helping hand, a newly included power sliding door button situated on the side door handles of EX trims and above is developed to be simply that, supplying much easier access to the Kia Sedona’s well-appointed cabin. Including more flair to the model line is the SXL trim, which comes equipped with a distinct bumper, skid plate, LED headlamps and foglights, 19-inch chrome wheels and distinctive side sill.
The Kia Sedona’s tried and true Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-liter V6 engine is now paired to an 8-speed automated transmission that replaces the 6-speed automated in the outgoing model. While power figures stay the same with the engine making 276 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, the new transmission is designed to create a more smooth driving experience and help improve integrated fuel economy figures. In addition, the Sedona continues to use a three-step Variable Induction System (VIS) that improves engine “breathing” by immediately adjusting the consumption runner lengths to optimize engine torque under different load conditions.
Kia has actually kept quiet on rates and availability, but we must learn more about that prior to sales begin, likely later this year.