Kia has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, but the Sedona has hardly been representative of that maturation. Known in some overseas markets as the Carnival, Kia's current minivan was introduced 2006, withdrawn from US showrooms at the end of 2012, then reintroduced again a year ago. Despite the product renaissance, however, the Sedona is essentially the same dated vehicle it has been for eight years now, but Kia is intent on replacing it.

We've been seeing spy shots of a new Kia minivan for several months now, and broke word a couple of months ago that the finished product would be unveiled in New York this month. Now Kia has not only confirmed the new Sedona's imminent arrival, it has released this teaser image to keep us on our toes.

The teaser shows a vehicle more or less in line with what we'd expect of a modern Kia, tabbed grille and all. This view suggests fewer design cues from the KV7 concept have been carried over than was previously thought, but we'll need to see the entire vehicle to know for sure. Kia isn't saying much about its "all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle" in the press release below at this point, revealing only that it "will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers."

All of which sounds like pretty standard marketing-speak for the diaper bag set, then.
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All-new Kia MPV to have world premiere at 2014 New York International Auto Show
03-Apr-2014

Kia will unveil an all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in two weeks. This global debut will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks ahead.


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      throwback
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like there will be several new products in NYC. I can't wait I've missed the last 2 shows.
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      I cant believe Kia will be the one making best looking minivan.
        BB79826
        • 8 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        They already make the best-looking mid-sizer, and for years they made the best-looking mid-sized SUV, oh, and they also make the best-looking box, and the best looking subcompact....
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          Not even close champ. Jeep Grand Cherokee definitely looks better than nay Kia.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lol wow thats awful. Not quite Quest awful but not too far off.
      bonehead
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hopefully Kia can breathe some new life into this stagnating automotive sector. I think that across the board the last gen of mini-vans were worse in many ways. Its a shame cause as uncool as thye are, they are by far the best if you care about practicality. If Kia can make mini-vans cooler and move people away from SUVs the world will be a better place :) Atleast less door dings from kids opening SUV doors since the doors are sliding. (honestly the world would be a better place if we all had sliding doors)
        Matt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        Now that I have kids, I'm over my minivan stigma. It really is the ideal vehicle for families. Just because you own a minivan, doesn't mean you can't have an S2000/Boxster/BRZ/etc for weekend fun/commuting :)
          bonehead
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Matt
          yes This was our route. A toyota minivan and an S2000. Then i had a cheap commuter. But the minivan has since been replaced with a CX-9 cause my wife was tired of the minivan image. Now we realize even more how practical minivans are compared to SUVs (worlds different) and my S2000 is riddled with door dings now that we dont have sliding doors. :(
          John S
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Bad mental image, but minivans are also pretty handy for making kids in. Or at least trying.
      billy
      • 8 Months Ago
      One would think the Kia Hyundai haters would give it up. No matter what BS they write , the models from Hyundai and Kia do well in the market , all surpassing Hyundai Kia Sale hopes which time in again and again proves the public loves Hyundai and Kia ! Oh well let them hate, it does not change nothing at all ! I like the look of this Minivan, I honestly think Toyota has the only good looking minivan out there so this will be a nice addition to the minivan market ! Of cause I would think ChryslerFiat Chrysler T&C will be much better then the current model
        mary.keana
        • 8 Months Ago
        @billy
        Cute "theory" Billy, however, Hyundai/KIA lost market share last year. Even after a massive increase in incentive spending and increases to fleet sales.
          Arjay225
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          the only reason why they lost .3% of market share was that they were already building at capacity.... they didnt have enough vehicles to give to people who wanted their cars.
        Thunderbuck
        • 8 Months Ago
        @billy
        My wife and I got a 2007 Sedona, which we still drive and it's been great. Not impossible that we'd consider the new one at all.
      • 8 Months Ago
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      Design1stCode2nd
      • 8 Months Ago
      My wife's 06 Odyssey could use replacing an a year or two, I hope Kia does a good job and challenges Honda and Toyota. The only thing I'd like better is a new VW bus.
      Krayzeeass
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm diggin' it. I drive a Sedona for work two days a week and I love it, what with the power and comfort being so damn nice, but the gas mileage is a bit sub-par. If Kia can get the mpg over 20 city, I'll be a happy boy. I drive a Hamster the other two days of my work week, which has made me a bit of a Kia fan. Keep up the good work.
      richsra
      • 8 Months Ago
      If you thought incentives for Chrysler minivans were high wait until this Kia comes into the market and start stealing market share from Chrysler.
      Caarz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like a bloated optima which is a good thing,
      Jim Pease
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'll just say this to Kia . . . it had better do better than the Forte on the IIHS crash tests or soccer moms/empty nesters will stay away in droves.
        Ricky
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim Pease
        I concur. It has to do well especially given the 1st and 2nd generation model's excellent safety reputation. For a while, the 2nd gen was seen as the safest van one could buy until IIHS updated the roof crush test.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks good, interesting to see what it really looks like.
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