Already released in its native Korea, Kia’s all-new minivan is now one of the top-selling cars there, even outselling Korea’s all-time favorite car, Hyundai Grandeur or better known as Hyundai Azera in the US, which was discontinued in the US a generation ago.
The Kia’s minivan, which is called the Carnival globally, is the fourth generation of Kia’s van offering and has been called Sedona in the U.S. since it first arrived in 2002. However, it appears that the new Kia minivan will also adopt the global moniker after all when the brand-new model is released in the US according to an NHTSA VIN decoder document. Meaning that the name change from Sedona to Carnival is confirmed for the US market as well, just like the sibling K5 sedan, which changed its name from Optima.
The new Carnival is meant to look more like an SUV than before to shake the stigma attached to minivans. Kia even decided to call the Carnival a G.U.V. or Grand Utility Vehicle to give it a fighting chance at competing with SUVs to increase market share.
We expect pricing to rise slightly over the current model’s starting cost of $31,520 when it’s released in the US in the early part of 2021 as a 2022 model. Would Kia be able to replicate the success it had in its native Korean market in North America as well with its handsome design combined with technology and features that would give competitors such as Honda Odyssey and Toyota run for their money?
Also, if you are looking for a large 3-row SUV like the Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade but with even more space and versatility, this G.U.V. from Kia may be just what the doctor ordered.
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