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Kia teases next-gen 2021 Sedona minivan

The redesign of the Kia Sedona doesn't look too revolutionary at first place.

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Billed a proper hauler for families that crave innovation, flexibility, and style, the next generation of the 2021 Kia Sedona promises to be a significant upgrade over the current model.

The Sedona faces off with the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan Chrysler has introduced a new high-end version of the Pacifica for the 2021 model year and Toyota has completely redesigned the Sienna, which will only be available as a hybrid in the future. Honda has refreshed the Odyssey for 2021.

2021 Toyota Sienna The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna has gone hybrid-only and gotten a bullet train-inspired design. With Kia's focus on alternative powertrains it's possible that the new Sedona will have a hybrid element. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

From the looks of the teaser photo, the van shares more common design characteristics with the 2021 Kia K5 than it does the 2020 Kia Telluride. Also, it doesn't share much up front with the redesigned, next-gen 2021 Kia Sorento that was unveiled in February.

Its light signature features a familiar dip while a fresh take on the company's signature Tiger Nose grille is up front. The grille features vertical slats, like it does in the 2020 Kia Cadenza.

There are three significant hood creases in the photo and large wheels. The teaser image is a rendering so these attributes might not appear as strong when the model truly debuts.

The model gets two-tone side mirror caps with trim levels that change the color of the mirror caps from all-black to body color to possibly chrome likely.

2021 Kia K5 Optima Kia likely killing Optima name, renaming the sedan what it's called in Korea - the K5. The model has a similar light signature as the new Sedona. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the minivan a black C-pillar, which allows for a floating roof design - something that is a very popular design trend in SUVs right now.

The model has been dubbed the "Grand Utility Vehicle" by Kia designers and features a character line that extends from the front of the van around the back connecting the headlights and taillights. Kia says that a "chrome fin" extends around the backside of the vehicle.

Kia sells the Sedona as the Carnival in global markets. Worldwide, the company has sold over two million versions of the minivan since it went on sale in 1998.

The Kia Carnival goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of the year. The Sedona is expected to reach U.S. shores after that point. Further information about the new generation Sedona is forthcoming.

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The Lincoln Nautilus has gotten a substantial interior upgrade as part of a mid-cycle refresh.

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Lincoln replaced the MKX with the Nautilus in 2019 and now, at the three-model year mark, the SUV is undergoing a refresh that aims to up the ante on the elegance inside the two-row midsize SUV.

"Nautilus plays a critical role in bringing new clients to the brand, especially those who are looking for the flexibility of a larger midsize SUV and appreciate the luxurious features and design that set Lincoln apart," said Michael Sprague, North America director, Lincoln. "The intent for the new Nautilus was refinement, rounding out our distinct lineup of SUVs – truly creating sanctuary."

2021 Lincoln Nautilus The Nautilus now offers the largest infotainment screen in its segment.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

The new interior is designed to draw the eye side-to-side, emphasizing the wide proportions of the SUV. At the center of the dashboard is a 13.2-inch infotainment screen, the largest available across the Lincoln lineup and the largest in its segment. Below that are the SUV's piano key shifters, a feature carried over from the Lincoln Navigator.

The screen is the home to the SYNC 4 operating system, making the Nautilus the first Lincoln vehicle to adopt the tech. Phone is Key comes to the SUV as well, a technology Hyundai has also marketed this year that allows drivers to use their phones to start and drive the vehicle for a designated period of time, without the physical key present.

SYNC 4 will operate with a Lincoln-exclusive Constellation appearance theme that is inspired by the night sky. The scheme features blue tones with pops of orange.

The system allows for wireless communications and over-the-air updates. SiriusXM with 360L and a digital owner's manual are offered as well.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus

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Lincoln is giving buyers an additional Black Label themes to choose from for 2021 - Flight. It joins Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Gala in the Black Label theme lineup.

Buyers are able to get their 2021 Nautilus with the new Sandstone color family inside, featuring high color contrasts from light to dark. The Black Ebony interior returns for 2021, but with added Roast accents on the seats, doors, and console armrests.

Lincoln has refreshed the Nautilus's exterior color options as well. Asher Gray is a new choice and is available with the Monochromatic Package. Green Gem and Lincoln Flight Blue round out the new paint options.

Lincoln will continue to offer the Nautilus with a 335-horspower, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 or a standard 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Lincoln Co-Pilot360 comes standard on the SUV and Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus is available. The Plus version adds a 360-degree camera with front sensing system, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, distance alert, enhanced part assist, and evasive steering. This technology is the rebranded version of Ford's Co-Pilot360 tech.

Nautilus will continue to be built in Oakville, Ontario, for North America and will arrive in dealerships in early 2021.

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The Sorento Yosemite Edition is a one-off Kia model designed to showcase the company's new Sorento accessories line.

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For the 2021 model year, Kia redesigned its Sorento SUV. That fresh face began arriving in showrooms this month, with more trail-ready capability than ever before found on the model. To celebrate that, Kia has worked with LGE-CTS Motorsports to create two custom Sorentos inspired by America's National Parks.

Each of the models is built on the Sorento SX Prestige X-Line model, an SUV that features 20-inch wheels, increased ride height (8.2 inches versus the Sorento's traditional 6.9-inch height), improved approach and departure angles (18.4 degrees and 23.3 degrees, respectively, versus 16.8 degrees and 22.1 degrees), all-wheel drive with Snow drive mode, and a more robust roof rack.

2021 Kia Sorento Yosemite Edition

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The 2021 Sorento Yosemite Edition is named after California's Yosemite National Park, one of the country's first national parks. It's finished in a matte Pine Green paint job and has gloss and matte black exterior accents.

The 2021 Sorento Zion Edition gets its name from Zion National Park in southwest Utah. Like Yosemite, Zion is known for its long canyon full of trees with hills rising far above. The SUV wears a Desert Sand gloss paint color and has gloss black exterior accents. The Sorento Zion Edition has a full-length cargo top on its roof.

Both models have custom fender flares and ride on 32-inch all-terrain tires. Their body armor includes custom skid plates and brush guards finished in satin chrome.

Kia will be offering the Sorento with a range of port-installed and dealer-installed accessories including roof racks, tow hitches, and side steps.

2021 Kia Sorento Zion Edition

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Traditionally, these types of models would have debuted at a major auto show, like the LA Auto Show, then been shown at smaller auto shows throughout the country over the next year. Instead of that, these models debuted during Kia dealer meetings and will make their way across the country making what Kia calls "special appearances".

These models are not for retail sale.

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