Kia Sedona Minivan Could Be Renamed Carnival for 2022

Joey Capparella
·2 min read
Photo credit: Kia
Photo credit: Kia

From Car and Driver

  • Kia's minivan has always been called the Carnival globally but the Sedona in the U.S. market.

  • That may change with the new 2022 version, which will reportedly be called Carnival in America.

  • The 2022 Kia Carnival should go on sale on our shores by the end of the year.

UPDATE 2/10/21: There is now a listing on the EPA website for a 2022 Kia Carnival, lending further credence to the rumor that the Sedona minivan will be renamed Carnival. Kia will likely announce U.S. details about the new-generation van within the next few months.

It seems that the K5 (née Optima) won't be the only model in Kia's lineup to undergo a name change. Like that mid-size sedan, the Kia Sedona minivan may also adopt its global moniker, Carnival, when the redesigned model arrives in the U.S. for the 2022 model year. This is according to a NHTSA VIN decoder document posted on a Sedona forum. The Sedona nameplate has been on sale in the U.S. since the 2002 model year.

The document also shows a few key U.S. specifications that Kia has yet to confirm. The 2022 Kia Carnival will apparently offer LX, EX, and SX trim levels, and it will come standard with front-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 290 horsepower. The new fourth-generation van was revealed earlier this year with a far more modern design and a few SUV-esque styling cues such as prominent C-pillar trim and a reshaped center console inside.

We reached out to Kia for confirmation on the name change, and a spokesperson told us to "stay tuned." We should hear more about the U.S. version of the Carnival/Sedona within the next few months, as we expect it to go on sale in America by the end of the year.

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