Initially revealed two months ago, the all-new fourth-generation Kia Grand Sedona enters the new decade with a number of improvements over its successor including a futuristic design both inside and out. The South Korean brand has now detailed the power outputs as well as some other technical details regarding the design and suspension.

Three engine options will be available for the Kia Grand Sedona; a naturally aspirated 3,5-litre V6 with a choice direct- and multipoint fuel injection systems, and a 2,2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. The direct-injection GDi develops a rather impressive 216 kW and 355 N.m of torque while the MPi makes do with a modest 200 kW and 332 N.m.

The 2,2-litre “Smartstream” turbodiesel mill, delivering 149 kW and 440 N.m, is expected to be the most popular choice for the Grand Sedona. It receives a number of innovations that make it the cleanest diesel that the South Korean brand has developed to date. This engine swaps out the previous CRDi’s cast iron block for an aluminium one, which weighs in 20 kg less. It also sports a number of revisions which allow for reduced friction and improved cooling, efficiency and emissions. New high-pressure injectors, balancer shafts, a thermal management system and selective catalytic reduction to regulate emissions are fitted as well. All engines will ship standard with an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

While retaining a very similar silhouette to the previous model, the new Grand Sedona adopts SUV-inspired cues to embody a more modern and stylish MPV. This includes a shorter front overhang, a longer bonnet thanks to a repositioned A-pillar and an increased wheelbase. The enlarged side profile is complemented by a 'floating' roof effect created by means of blacking out the A- and B-pillars, while C-pillars boasting a chrome fin with a diamond pattern rounds off things on the side of the Grand Sedona.

A shift in image is also provided at the front where the Grand Sedona adopts a revised “tiger-nose” face with integrated LED DRLs, headlamps and grille. At the rear, this theme is continued by means of a full-width taillamp bar.

Being an MPV, the Grand Sedona’s strengths come from within, where the concept of ‘spatial talents’ is used to create a relaxing, high-tech and stylish environment courtsey of improved quality materials and a more modern design. A key feature of the cabin includes a panoramic-screen dashboard design, which integrates a dual-screen infotainment system with haptic touch controls. Furthermore, a shift-by-wire gear selector is placed at the base of the centre console, freeing up space and adding to convenience.

Depending on the market, the Grand Sedona's new platform is capable of accommodating three or four rows of seating, allowing for a maximum seating capacity of 11 occupants. Adding to convenience is an abundance of storage compartments.

The wheelbase has been extended by 30 mm while the width is expanded by 10 mm to increase cabin size. Also stretched by 30 mm, the rear overhang creates more space for a third row of passengers and some useable boot space behind them.

When adopting a seven-seat configuration, passengers in the second row can make use of the Grand Sedona’s “Premium Relaxation Seat” configuration for a business class feel. A one-touch relaxation mode automatically reclines and adjusts the seats for maximum comfort.

As for utility space, the Grand Sedona improves over its successor as well. With all of the rear seats removed, utility space stands a claimed 2 905 dm3 and 627 dm3 with all of the seats are in place. The load height is also 26 mm lower, allowing for easier access to the luggage bay.

As for dynamics, the Grand Sedona will benefit from the new platform’s independent front and rear suspension. At the front, a new multi-skeletal cross-member and geometry provides superior distribution of lateral loads to improve cornering stability. A set of hydro bushes further reduces the level of engine and suspension vibrations while helping to mitigate sharp impacts over broken road surfaces.

The rear adopts lower and longer suspension arms with a revised spring layout which allows the MPV to better manage changes in the road surface. The angle of the rear shock absorbers has also been adjusted for better absorption.

Kia South Africa has confirmed that the new Grand Sedona will hit our shores in 2021.