After one teaser, Kia officially introduced the all-new 2015 Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The first visual impact with the 2015 Kia Sedona shows a CUV-like exterior appearance dominated by the signature grille and the stylish headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
Compared with its predecessor, the 2015 Sedona is 1.6-inches longer, while the side profile features reduced front and rear overhangs. Moreover, the side profile shows the deeply swept windshield and the 19-inch wheels. At the rear, the LED taillights, integrated bumper guard and standard roof spoiler, presents a broad, stable bearing.
Also new for 2015MY Sedona is the SXL premium trim level, which adds standard ultra-soft Nappa leather seating surfaces throughout the cabin just like the K900 luxury sedan. Inside, the 2015 Sedona offers more room for the shoulders, legs as well as a slightly higher hip-point.
New horizontal design cues across the instrument panel create a sense of width, while the soft-touch materials add a premium ambiance. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Sedona provides enough room for the passengers in seven- and eight-passenger configurations but also plenty of storage options.
Second row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating slides and folds upright to allow for “on-the-go” cargo hauling while eliminating the hassle that comes with removing heavy and cumbersome middle seats. What’s more interesting is that the Sedona offers the choice of second row “First Class” lounge seating that make you feel like you are in a Boeing 777 at the business class.
In addition, the 2015 Sedona is the only vehicle in its segment outfitted with YES Essentials fabric technology to provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics.
Kia says that the 2015 Sedona comes with the next-generation UVO Infotainment & Telematics system and it is the first vehicle from Kia to offer four new eServices features: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score. Fitted with Kia App store means that you can select apps that can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play.
The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community, including Pandora, iHeart Radio and Yelp. The 2015 Sedona sits on an all-new chassis with static torsional stiffness that is 36-percent greater than its closest segment competitor. The body is 76 percent Ultra High Strength Steel (press hardened) or High Strength Steel.
2015 Kia Sedona is powered by a new Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-liter V6 engine that replaces the 3.5-liter V6 found on its predecessor. The new engine is the same found on the Sorento CUV and Cadenza premium sedan, and generates 276 hp and 248 lb.-ft. at 5,200 rpm. This engine is bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.