Kia Motors is replacing its Sedona minivan with a new SUV-motivated model termed the Carnival beginning in the second quarter of this 12 months.
The 2022 Carnival “multi-function car,” also recognized as a minivan, features a boxy exterior, significant entrance grille and an general style that seems to be far more bold and rugged than the outgoing design. It attributes new entrance and rear signature lighting as nicely as Kia’s new symbol, which was declared previously this year.
The automobile, which was unveiled Tuesday, capabilities a host of new safety attributes as well as new sliding configurations for the next-row seating and an accessible “VIP Lounge Seating” with electricity controls and leg extensions significantly like a traditional reclining chair.
“The Kia Carnival is below to disrupt a staid phase and proves when once more what is feasible when conventions are shattered,” Kia Motors North The usa CEO Sean Yoon reported in a release.
The 2022 Kia Carnival has available heated and ventilated 2nd-row “VIP Lounge Seating” with electricity controls, wing-out headrests and leg extensions.
The drastic design and style alter is the hottest for the minivan segment as automakers try to compete towards crossovers and SUVs — segments clients have been flocking to for their house, ability and far more rugged persona.
After many years of advancement and minivans accounting for about 8% of the U.S. gentle-duty automobile sector, profits in the mid-1990s to 2000, product sales have nose-dived to significantly less than 400,000 units in current many years. Much of the segment’s decline is attributed to the rise of crossovers and SUVs as nicely as a stigma of the motor vehicles staying uncool and for “soccer mothers.”
Profits of the Sedona declined about 70% between 2016 and 2020 to only 13,190 autos bought in the U.S.