After a break in 2013, the 2014 Kia Sedona returned virtually unchanged. It was then time to launch the new and completely redesigned 2015 Sedona. Now, with room for eight passengers, Kia will try to establish an important place in this segment where there ws once a lot of strong competition.
The image we have of the traditional van may change with Kia's new design, a design that adds a little life to the segment. For a minivan, it's remarkably sporty, looking a little CUV-ish. Just one look at the Sedona and it immediately seems like it would be fun to drive.
The equipment groups have not been laid out yet, but Kia says that it plans to run elbow to elbow with the category's leaders- Chrysler, Toyota and Honda. Kia and big brother Hyundai are well known for equipping their vehicles at a higher level than their segment rivals. The 2015 Kia Sedona will offer innovative features and a style that defies every other vehicle in the segment, according to Kia.
The styling comes from the imagination of Peter Schreyer, head of design at Kia. Compared to the previous generation, the 2015 Sedona had gained an inch and a half in terms of wheelbase, and the overall length has increased by an inch. It is powered by the 3.3-litre V6 that is well known around Kia and Hyundai, and comes equipped with adaptive cruise control, collision warning and a blind spot presence detection system. Thirty six percent stronger than it's competition, the Sedona's frame is constructed of 76 percent high-strength steel, which should help the van rack up some stars in crash tests.
At or near the top of it's class in most categories, including legroom, the Sedona is well outfitted with gadgets and creature comforts. Inside is a cooled glove box, usb ports and even household-style power outlets. The van's Surround View Monitor will help the driver to park and maneuver it easily.
Although minivan sales represent only 3 percent of sales from our southern neighbours, many manufacturers continue to see opportunities. Honda and Toyota continually update the Odyssey and Sienna. In addition, in 2016, Chrysler is expected to launch a new generation of it's Town & Country van, complete with a plug-in hybrid model.
Chrysler owns a 40 percent market share in the United States and 60 percent in Canada. It could soon have a formidable competitor in the minivan market.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca