Kia Motors is changing its Sedona minivan with a new SUV-inspired mannequin known as the Carnival starting within the second quarter of this 12 months.
The 2022 Carnival “multi-purpose vehicle,” additionally identified as a minivan, contains a boxy exterior, massive entrance grille and an general design that appears extra daring and rugged than the outgoing mannequin. It options new entrance and rear signature lighting as effectively as Kia’s new brand, which was introduced earlier this 12 months.
The car, which was unveiled Tuesday, contains a host of new security options as effectively as new sliding configurations for the second-row seating and an accessible “VIP Lounge Seating” with energy controls and leg extensions very similar to a standard reclining chair.
“The Kia Carnival is here to disrupt a staid segment and proves once again what is possible when conventions are shattered,” Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon stated in a launch.
The 2022 Kia Carnival has accessible heated and ventilated second-row “VIP Lounge Seating” with energy controls, wing-out headrests and leg extensions.
The drastic design change is the most recent for the minivan section as automakers try to compete towards crossovers and SUVs — segments clients have been flocking to for his or her area, functionality and extra rugged persona.
After many years of progress and minivans accounting for about 8% of the U.S. light-duty car market, gross sales within the mid-1990s to 2000, gross sales have nose-dived to lower than 400,000 items in recent times. Much of the section’s decline is attributed to the rise of crossovers and SUVs as effectively as a stigma of the autos being uncool and for “soccer moms.”
Sales of the Sedona declined about 70% between 2016 and 2020 to solely 13,190 autos bought within the U.S.