The Kia Sedona has been a well-sorted Korean mini-van for a family of as many as 8. Going against the likes of GMC, Honda; the Sedona didn’t perform so well as its counterparts. Kia calls its Sedona a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’ and now says it has rather big upgrades for the year 2021. While Kia has already revealed the grand scheme of upgrades in 2020 on the next-gen Sedona, it will be only here by 2022. The new one is a better looking one, with shorter overhangs and a longer hood. The Sedona name is going for the van’s global name ‘the Kia Carnival’. And hence Carnival is hitting US shores in 2022.
The official VIN decoder refers to it as the 2022 Carnival by the NHTSA and this forum detail is going rounds on the net. The official documentation, Ric Willard, vehicle Certification and Compliance Department head for the Hyundai America Technical center says "Pursuant to 49 CFR 565, and on behalf of Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. ("HATCI") is submitting a V.I.N. Decoding Guide for the following 2022 model year vehicle: 2022MY Kia Carnival."
The trims names are expected to be LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige, and also mentions a 'Wagon 4x2 Cls-E and Cls-D'. Which might be the premium versions.
What name change does is to get their mini-van a unified global product offering, be standard in the global scene, at least the name for now. A new face and redesigned Carnival is awaited and it will look very different from the current car. The new exterior styling details include Kia’s trademark 'Tiger Nose' grille and also a stealthy and blacked-out A and B pillars, and on the inside, it is likely to feature a dual-screen display for infotainment and other purposes. Kia Carnival's engine is most likely to be a 3.5-liter GDi V6 with a healthy does 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. The Sedona name wasn’t significant in the market either, the new car with a new name solves a lot of purposes it seems.