When Kia ceases production of the seven-seat Sedona MPV in 2011, it will be the last version of the model to roll out as the manufacturer doesn't plan on replacing it with another model.
This bit of news tidbit was confirmed by a company official who explained that the production will end due to reduced demand. He pointed to the downsizing trend as a trigger.
Kia's efforts in Europe are making powertrains smaller and more efficient so it's quite understandable that a large MPV with lots of power and high emissions won't get as much interest. Meanwhile, Kia is pushing through with its plan to debut the Magentis in 2011.
A selected group in South Korea has already seen the first concept. Peter Schreyer, Kia's European chief designer, is believed to have created a very smart design.
Both petrol and diesel engine offerings were given for the Kia Sedona. The top-of-the-range configuration was the 3.8-liter V6 unit that develops 250 horsepower and 343 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission (market dependent).
With regards to fuel consumption, the MPV achieves 16 mpg (14.7 L/100Km) city and 23 mpg (10.2 L/100Km) highway.
The new Sedona has a size that not only allows for seven passengers but has the dimension and the unibody construction that can increase the space for passengers and luggage in addition to offering better handling and enhanced ride.
Since it is possible to flip and even fold the seats on the second row, it enlarges the space and usefulness as it allows for easy access to the seats on the third row. Standard on all the brand’s models are the third row seats that can be split-folded in a 60/40 configuration easily allowing the flat cargo area to have an even larger space.
Sedona makes two trim levels available with the EX and the LX. It also offers standard amenities and features as it continues to preserve the high-value tradition of Kia. Thus the six airbags are present as well as the five-speed Sportmatic transmission and the anti-lock braking system.
Particular to the Sedona LX are the sliding doors with its power windows, door locks, power mirrors and tri-zone air conditioning. It also has cruise control, the AM/FM/CD player, and a keyless entry that comes with an alarm system.
There is also a captain’s chair on its second row. Meanwhile the Sedona EX includes fog lights and chrome grill for the exterior. On the interior, the EX offers an AM/FM/Cassette/MP3/CD stereo system, heated power mirrors, and eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The EX also has an auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, roof rack, and a wood trim. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather like the shift knob. Finally it has a compass and power rear quarter glass. The new model will offer additional optional packages to ensure optimum convenience and entertainment.
These include the leather seats with heaters on the front seats and a 660-watt premium entertainment system that has a DVD player with 13 speakers in surround sound. There is also the driver’s seat with memory settings, adjustable pedals, and outside mirrors. The new Sedona offers a backup power system, has power sliding doors, liftgate, sunroof, and adjustable pedals.