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Kia’s big flagship arrives: Four models, one engine

  • New eight-speed auto transmission standard
  • One turbodiesel engine with plenty clout
  • Range of passenger configurations up to 11 seats
2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Kia’s ”comprehensively refreshed” Grand Sedona wagon has arrived in South Africa with its prime changes being an upgraded shell and cabin and ”enriched” specification levels.

Prices range from about R600 000 to  nearly R800 000 for the Grand Sedona which was launched in early 2014 at the New York auto show, its design owed to the now iconic designer Peter Schreyer.

Gary Scott, CEO of Kia Motors SA, told The Corner in a media release:  “It won the Korean Car of the Year in 2016 and scored a mention in that year’s Ward’s Auto’s  ‘10 Best Interiors’. Here in South Africa is was one of three Kia semi-finalists in the SAGMJ ‘Car of the Year’ competition.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

”It was also Car magazine’s ‘Best Buy’ in the MPV segment in 2016, 2017 and 2018.”

Quite a history, then – but now come ”subtle exterior updates”  starting with a new front bumper and revised trademark ”tiger nose” grille. Then note the image of the much amended headlight clusters with daytime running lights on more-expensive units.

‘COMFORTABLE SPACE’

The tail has also been given a new bumper along with freshened tail-light assemblies – also with diode illumination on some models.

The cabin, Kia SA says, ”remains a comfortable and luxurious space, with subtle upgrades that include a redesigned fascia and a new graphics cluster.

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As part of the Grand Sedona’s mid-life enhancement, Kia has discontinued the SX specification but added ”a new and feature-rich” EX+ specification.  to the line-up. Stephen Crosse, Kia SA’s sales director, told The Corner:

“The current Grand Sedona has been a respected companion to large families who value space, style and comfort since since its launch in 2015. Its mid-life enhancement was an opportunity to further refine the range based on customers’ feedback over the past three years.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

”It has the stylish appearance that modern consumers appreciate, but now also benefits from a simplified range with enhanced specification across the board.”

…SO HERE’S WHAT’S CHANGED

At entry level, the Grand Sedona EX still has  manual aircon, auto headlights,  central armrest/storage power external mirrors and power window lifts, parking radar and rear USB ports.

The model also gains a 19cm touchscreen for audio and rear camera, as Apple CarPlay (also Android Auto ready). The steering-wheel carries remote controls for audio (six speakers) and Bluetooth. Seats are upholstered in gray fabric seven of them, but an 11-seat EX can be ordered.

Alloy wheel rims (17”) are standard and shod with 235/65 R17 tyres.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

The EX+ adds auto aircon, auto-folding/heatable external mirrors, parking radar front and rear, front foglights, chilled glove box, leather upholstery / steering-wheel / gear shifter, and wireless phone charger. A slightly larger screen adds satnav.

This unit has eight seats.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

The top-end but still seven-seat SXL adds push-button ignition, blind-spot coverage, double sunroof, auto levelling diode headlights, power tail door and front seats, two sliding side doors, rear-seats heating and two extra speakers.

ELECTRIC PARKING BRAKE

Only one engine is now available: a 2.2-litre ‘R’ turbodiesel capable of147kW at 3800rpm and 440Nm from 1750-2750rpm. It can reach 100km/h in 13.6sec and roll on to 190km/h.

The whole range uses the same eight-speed auto transmission but additional on the EX+ and SXL units is an electric parking brake.

Crash avoidance / protection gear includes anti-lock brakes, six crash bags, IsoFIx child-seat anchors, and electronic stability control.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

All units will be covered by an ”industry-leading” unlimited distance, five year, warranty, five-year or 100 000km service plan and five years roadside assistance.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Sedona 2.2 CRDI EX 7-seat – R600 000
Sedona 2.2 CRDI EX 11-seat* – R616 000
Sedona 2.2 CRDI EX+ 8-seat – R630 000
Sedona 2.2 CRDI SXL 7-seat R783 000
*On special order, four months’ lead time.

2018 KIA SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea's award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors
2018 KIA GRAND SEDONA: Midlife makeover for Korea’s award-winning wagon. Image: Kia Motors

 

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