KIA has introduced its new Grand Sedona in Mzansi, offering a modern interpretation of the practical and versatile multi-purpose vehicle with a look that combines a large crossover and luxury sedan.
The front of the new KIA Grand Sedona incorporates a wide, upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with wrap-around headlamps and prominent, framed fog lamps that gives the car a more modern, imposing appearance than its predecessor.
In profile, the new model’s more upright grille is accompanied by a smoother, more swept-back silhouette than the second-generation model, with a long bonnet and a wrapround glass area which rises gently to the rear before narrowing after the C-pillar. The car’s sportier, horizontal shape is aided by a strong crease that runs along the length of the car, more sculpted surfaces, and a small rear spoiler, ensuring the car conveys a more dynamic appearance than its predecessor.
The rear of the Grand Sedona further emphasizes the car’s solid appearance – with wide rear lamps, broad metal surfaces and a glass-area shaped to give the car more prominent ‘shoulders’.
The Grand Sedona’s sleeker profile is achieved with a longer wheelbase (+40 mm to 3 060 mm) from its new chassis and lowering the overall height of the vehicle (-20 mm to 1 740 mm), introducing a higher degree of refinement and sophistication. The car is the same width as the outgoing model (1 985 mm), but is shorter (-15 mm to 5 115 mm for seven seat models).
Despite the Grand Sedona’s slightly reduced height and length, the new model benefits from greater interior capacity than the outgoing vehicle, with a longer wheelbase and a range of intelligently-designed features to ensure a more efficient and flexible use of space for all occupants.
The Grand Sedona majors on practicality and versatility, with customers able to choose from numerous seating arrangements thanks to the vehicle being offered with 7 and 11-seat configurations.
The 7-seat versions feature KIA’s innovative ‘Stand-up’ seats in the second row, which allows the base cushion to fold forward and the rest of the seat to slide forward and ‘stand up straight’, allowing easier access to the third row in the back.
The 11-seat configuration features two independent front seats, then three rows of three seats behind. The second and third rows are able to slide fore and aft to allow greater legroom for passengers in the rows behind, while the third row seat backs can also flip forward to allow greater cargo space.
Both central seats in these rows also fold forward to provide cupholder storage in the seat backs. The fourth row of seats pops up from the cargo floor, but leaves a flat cargo bay when stored.
The new KIA Grand Sedona is available with either a 3,3-litre MPI (Multi-Point Injection) V6 petrol engine, or KIA’s much-loved 2,2-litre ‘R’ turbodiesel engine. As with the new KIA Sorento, these engines have been engineered for greater efficiency and performance and, combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission, ensure smooth application of power for a relaxing drive.
Grand Sedona 2.2 CRDi EX 7-Seat R499 995
Grand Sedona 2.2 CRDi EX 11-Seat R515 995
Grand Sedona 2.2 CRDi SX 7-Seat R625 995
Grand Sedona 2.2 CRDi SXL 7-Seat R669 995
Grand Sedona 3.3 V6 SX 7-Seat R605 995
Grand Sedona 3.3 V6 SXL 7-seat R649 995
Grand Sedona 3.3 V6 SXL 11-Seat TBC
All models ship as standard with KIA’s renowned 5-year / 150 000 km warranty, a 5-year / 100 000 km Maintenance Plan, and three years unlimited roadside assistance.