For the very first time, the U.S. market will see not the Kia Sedona, but the Kia Carnival. The beloved Kia minivan is getting a new look and name for the 2022 model year, taking on the van’s global moniker. This Kia has been known as the Sedona only in the U.S. market since its introduction and known as the Carnival everywhere else.
Following in the footsteps of the K5 with its name change, a new name isn’t all that the 2022 Kia Carnival is bringing to Tampa Bay. The 2022 Carnival is expected to arrive here at Friendly Kia sometime this year and here is a look at what you can expect when it first hits our Tampa Bay dealership.
The Kia Sedona has been a part of the U.S. lineup since the 2002 model year and now 20 years later we are bidding farewell to the household minivan name. With the introduction of the Carnival name comes a completely redesigned look for this Kia family mover.
The 2022 Kia Carnival is expected to be offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. The 2022 Carnival will look less like a minivan and more like an SUV when it arrives in Tampa Bay.
The SUV-inspired Kia Carnival is known for its prominent C-pillar trim and modern exterior design, which we can expect in the U.S. variant. We anticipate that the 2022 Carnival will be larger than the outgoing 2021 Kia Sedona and will offer more interior space with an attractive and updated interior design.
A redesigned center console and dashboard are expected to come along with the 2022 Kia Carnival. Shoppers can expect all of the infotainment features they have grown to love from the Kia minivan, including a massive touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® connectivity.
Along with infotainment features, the 2022 Kia Carnival will come with a range of confidence-inspiring Kia Drive Wise safety features. The family-ready minivan will be equipped with a variety of these key Kia safety systems to keep drivers and their passengers safe on the road.
For even more information on the 2022 Kia Carnival in Tampa Bay, check out the Friendly Kia blog. You can contact a member of the Friendly Kia team for information on the upcoming arrival of the 2022 Kia Carnival at our New Port Richey dealership.