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And More Standard Safety And Convenience Features
Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the all-new 2006 Kia Sedona minivan at the Chicago Auto Show. Already a popular choice for buyers looking for value, quality and safety, the completely redesigned minivan will offer more horsepower than its predecessor and will be substantially larger in all key dimensions, providing more passenger room and versatility. New features found on the all-new Sedona will include a standard fold-flat-into-the-floor third-row seat and available power-sliding doors and liftgate. The new Sedona is expected to go on sale in late 2005.
Utilizing an all-new platform, the new Sedona’s longer wheelbase and increased length and width contribute to the minivan’s nearly 15-percent improvement in passenger room over the previous Sedona. Fresh styling cues and additional standard and available equipment were designed to bolster Sedona’s established position as a safety and value leader in the highly competitive minivan market.
‘Sedona was Kia’s best-selling vehicle in 2004, and historically speaking it is an incredibly important vehicle for the company, so we paid careful attention to every detail during its redesign to make sure this new minivan lived up to the tradition of its nameplate,’ said Peter Butterfield, president of Kia Motors America, Inc. ‘The all-new Sedona offers considerable upgrades, not just in styling and appearance, but in practical applications such as horsepower, safety equipment and standard and available features that will make it fully competitive in the segment with such vehicles as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.’
The original Sedona went on-sale in summer 2001 and quickly gained recognition for its tremendous value and generous list of standard comfort, convenience and safety features. In addition to earning the Federal government’s highest safety ratings — Five Stars — for the driver and front- and rear-seat passengers in both frontal and side impact crash tests, the Sedona has received quite an impressive list of accolades, including:
• AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award – 2002
• Sport Truck Connection Television’s ‘Best Van’ – 2002, 2003
• Winner, Strategic Vision Total Value Index – 2002, 2004
Safety First
Serving as Kia’s flagship safety vehicle, the original Sedona received the company’s first Five Star crash rating for each seating position from the U.S. government. The next-generation Sedona will continue Kia’s commitment to offering high levels of standard safety equipment, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, and full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows).
Sensors controlling the front supplemental restraints determine the position of the seat, whether the seat belt is buckled, whether the front passenger seat is occupied, and the severity of a frontal impact before deployment.
A four-channel, four-sensor, anti-lock brake system (ABS) is also standard. This system incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD), which helps to distribute braking force to all four wheels in proportion to weight shifts during cornering. The EBD adapts to individual wheel grip conditions, which helps to improve both control and stability.
Additional standard safety equipment will include a tire pressure monitoring system and
active front seat headrests, while features such as an electronic stability program (ESP) and a traction control system (TCS) with brake assist will be available as part of an option package.
Enhanced Performance
With increased horsepower and torque, the all-new Sedona offers competitive power and performance in the minivan segment. Sedona’s completely new 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine is expected to generate more than 240-horsepower –a 30-percent increase over the previous powerplant — and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. This new aluminum block engine is mated to a five-speed Sportmatic™ transmission.
Despite its increase in size, the new Sedona is expected to be significantly lighter than the previous model when compared on an equally equipped basis. With more power, less weight and a new chassis with 4-wheel independent suspension, the next-generation Sedona is designed to be more rewarding to drive than its predecessor and its competitors.
The new Sedona’s four-wheel independent suspension system is comprised of MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front, while the rear suspension uses a multi-link design with coil springs and a stabilizer bar.
Stopping power has increased with the addition of a power-assisted four-wheel-disc braking system with larger diameter vented front disc brakes (11.7-in.) and solid rear disc brakes (11.9-in.).
Sedona models come with new, larger wheels and tires, including 16-inch steel wheels and 225/70 R16 tires or 17-inch alloy wheels fitted to 235/60 R17 tires.
Spacious, Adaptable and Comfortable
Competitively sized, the new seven-passenger Sedona’s generous dimensions and unibody construction boost both passenger and luggage space, and greatly improved ride and handling. Adding to the Sedona’s space and versatility, flip and fold second row seats provide easy access to third row seating and a new, simple-to-operate 60/40 split-folding -into-the floor third row seat is standard on all models to create a larger flat cargo area when the seat is folded, and providing a large rear cargo area when the seat is deployed
Available in two trim levels — LX and EX — the all-new Sedona maintains Kia’s tradition of high-value by offering a generous list standard features and amenities. Besides ABS, six airbags and a five-speed Sportmatic™ transmission, the Sedona LX also comes with tri-zone air conditioning, sliding door power windows, cruise control, AM/FM/CD player, captain’s chairs for the second row and keyless entry with an alarm system.
The Sedona EX adds a chrome grille, fog lights, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar, heated power mirrors, AM/FM/Cassette/MP3/CD stereo system, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power rear quarter glass, compass, roof rack and wood trim.
In addition to the LX and EX models’ standard equipment, the all-new Sedona will offer several option packages for maximum convenience and entertainment. These options include: leather seats with front seat heaters, seat and outside mirror memory settings for driver, backup warning system, power sliding doors, power liftgate, power adjustable pedals, power sunroof and a premium entertainment system featuring a DVD player and 11 speakers.
Like all of Kia’s vehicles, the 2006 Sedona will be covered by Kia’s comprehensive
5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and five years of roadside assistance.
Pricing for the all-new Sedona, which will go on sale in late 2005, will be announced closer to launch.
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MSRP: $23,195 – $25,795
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Source: Kia Press Release

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