It was just two weeks ago that we saw our first glimpse of the 2015 Kia Sedona testing in full camouflage, but now Kia has stripped away some of the heavy cladding to give us an even better idea what its new minivan will look like. As we pointed out before, the next Sedona doesn't use as many design cues from the 2012 Kia KV7 as we initially hoped, but it should be interesting enough to stand out from the current crop of minivans.

Even though most of the body is still covered with the black and white pattern and the side doors still have cladding, these spy shots show off plenty of details about the new Sedona. Starting up front, Kia gave its minivan a more upright shape that we've seen a lot of on current Kia designs, while the reduced camo also makes the van's new side window shape more obvious. This pinched daylight opening (DLO) along the side is the same as what we saw on the KV7, and the window line dips back down again for the liftgate glass. While we're focused on the rear of the Sedona, that liftgate spoiler looks a lot like what we're used to seeing on the back of a Porsche Cayenne.

Kia has still yet to announce when its new minivan will be unveiled, but as things seem to be pretty far along in development, we'd expect to see something on the 2015 Sedona fairly soon.


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      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just don't see the point of squinty little rear windows on a minivan. If I wanted to sacrifice visibility and usefulness for "image", I'd be shopping crossovers not minivans.
        Goahead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        From driver's point of view, you don't look through the rear windows for visibility issues. I had an Inifiniti EX35 crossover but ultimately got rid of it and decided to get an Odyssey for my wife. Odyssey had better visibility, better fuel economy, way more space, and better safety. Infiniti did have better "image" that you mentioned. After awhile, that image thing fizzled out and reality kicked in. I have many coworkers who will not touch a minivan due to their negative "soccer mom" point of view on minivans. Well they don't know what there are missing. They don't know that minivans are more fuel efficient, have more space, and safer. Whatever, it's their loss. Of course they bought a Honda Pilot over Odyssey but they never go 4 wheeling or drive on a dirt road.
      ffforte
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should be competitive if it matches Kia's recent redesigns in other segments. (But how are they going to top the vacuum in the Honda Odyssey?.....hmm...turkey fryer?)
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffforte
        They'll top it by costing $15000-$20000 less.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good but small kids in the back row won't be able to see out of the window:( Hopefully, safety and fuel economy will be class competitive.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        Do kids even bother looking up from their iDevices to look out windows anymore?
      Leonard Chasten
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you sure its the Kia and not the Hyundai? That grille looks like the evolution of the Sonata. Also, it would still leave the window open for a true KV7 (this looks nothing like the concept).
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHOA!! It looks like a van.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a Caravan with a Sienna rear end, but its too early...
      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bummer. The KV7 was so smart looking I actually wrote Kia to tell them so. This looks ok but lacking the powerful chic-ness of the concept. Decidedly average. Kia, don't wimp out!
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we're poised to see a resurgence in minivan sales. People are starting to realize that new 3-row crossovers are just more expensive and less practical minivans, and they look almost exactly like them now anyway. I've found myself thinking about the possibilities with a Sprinter conversion. For the price of a luxury sedan, you can make a custom pimp suite on wheels, that gets 30+ MPG (the new 2.1L diesel +7-speed).
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Full size conversion vans have long been a great 'luxury' value in the US, especially when compared with SUVs -- 'luxury' in this sense should not be confused with sporty handling, massive power, or anything European. Depending on how many people you want to handle, the Transit Connect or Transit van could be 'converted' for far less money than a Sprinter.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I'm imagining chilling out in comfort with my own bar/sofa/TV/etc, while watching the kids at soccer practice or whatever. Sounds like the definition of luxury to me, and you can't get that even in an S-class.
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          There is no more comfortable way to travel long distances than a conversion van- except their larger cousins- RV's and Coaches. As for the Transit connect- no converting necessary. Ford will offer the 5 and 7 pass. wagon versions.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Check out the upcoming Ford Transit Connect Wagon. Unless they overprice it, Ford's going to clean up with shoppers looking for a practical, efficient family hauler.
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          The 1.6 is an optional turbo. The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5L. It won't be a rocketship, but gas mileage will kick the asses of most other minivans.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          I don't see a diesel option for the Transit Connect Wagon. That 1.6L will struggle.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Just get yourself an E series or Express conversion van. Much more spacious, tougher, higher towing capacity, and more macho.
        youngCRV
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Love the Sprinter comment. Would wait to see the MPG and pricing (probably $45K ... ouch). Sprinter would have to double as a camper for me to really justify it.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it will be one of the more handsome minivans on the market.
      Toxic
      • 1 Year Ago
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      mikecalabrese
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a 'reverse lightning bolt' on the sides.
      hkborntokyoinspired
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see a Town & Country grille on a JDM-esque van
        Bill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hkborntokyoinspired
        The windows remind me of the Quest.
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