Kia Motors is changing its Sedona minivan with a brand new SUV-inspired mannequin known as the Carnival starting within the second quarter of this 12 months.
The 2022 Carnival “multi-purpose car,” often known as a minivan, incorporates a boxy exterior, massive entrance grille and an total design that appears extra daring and rugged than the outgoing mannequin. It options new entrance and rear signature lighting in addition to Kia’s new brand, which was introduced earlier this 12 months.
The car, which was unveiled Tuesday, incorporates a host of recent security options in addition to new sliding configurations for the second-row seating and an obtainable “VIP Lounge Seating” with energy controls and leg extensions very like a conventional reclining chair.
“The Kia Carnival is right here to disrupt a staid phase and proves as soon as once more what is feasible when conventions are shattered,” Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon mentioned in a launch.
The drastic design change is the newest for the minivan phase as automakers try and compete towards crossovers and SUVs — segments clients have been flocking to for his or her house, functionality and extra rugged persona.
After a long time of progress and minivans accounting for about 8% of the U.S. light-duty car market, gross sales within the mid-Nineteen Nineties to 2000, gross sales have nose-dived to lower than 400,000 items in recent times. A lot of the phase’s decline is attributed to the rise of crossovers and SUVs in addition to a stigma of the automobiles being uncool and for “soccer mothers.”
Gross sales of the Sedona declined about 70% between 2016 and 2020 to solely 13,190 automobiles offered within the U.S.