The refreshed Kia Grand Sedona has arrived in South Africa, with the local arm of the Korean brand also taking the opportunity to revise the line-up.

Interestingly, the SX trim level has been discontinued, while a new “feature-rich” EX+ grade has been added to the range. The 3,3-litre V6 petrol engine is no longer offered.

The updated Grand Sedona features a revised front bumper design (complete with the latest version of the brand’s trademark grille), restyled headlamps and a new LED daytime running light signature on high-spec models. Round back, you’ll find new rear bumpers and revised taillamps.

Inside, the Grand Sedona gains what Kia describes as “subtle upgrades” to its interior, including a redesigned facia and an updated instrument cluster. A new seven-inch touchscreen is also included.

The base EX trim level features manual air-conditioning, automatic headlamps, electrically adjustable (and heated) side mirrors, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloys and rear-sited USB ports. EX models come as standard with a seven-seat configuration, but an 11-seat option is available “on special order”, with a four-month lead time.

Meanwhile, the new EX+ model (available only in eight-seat configuration) gains automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, auto-folding side mirrors (with integrated side indicators), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, front foglamps, glove-box cooling, leather upholstery and a wireless smartphone charger. The touchscreen is upgraded to an eight-inch colour arrangement (with satellite navigation).

The flagship SXL is offered exclusively in seven-seat form, and adds keyless entry (with push-button start), blind spot detection, a two-part sunroof, LED headlamps, LED foglamps, LED taillamps, a smart powered tailgate, dual electric sliding doors, electric adjustable for the front seats and rear seat-heating.

Power still comes from Kia’s familiar 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine, which in this instance offers 147 kW and 440 N.m. Like the latest Sorento, this engine is paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission (replacing the previous six-speed item).

An unlimited kilometre/five-year warranty as well as a five-year/100 000 km service plan are included as standard.

Pricing:
Kia Grand Sedona 2,2 CRDI EX 7-Seater: R599 995
Kia Grand Sedona 2,2 CRDI EX 11-Seater: R615 995
Kia Grand Sedona 2,2 CRDI EX+ 8-Seater: R629 995
Kia Grand Sedona 2,2 CRDI SXL 7-Seater: R782 995