Kia has launched the new-gen Carnival in its home country. It is available with as many as three different engine options and comes across as a substantial upgrade over the current model
Kia has officially launched the new-gen Carnival in the South Korean market. After entering its home country, the premium MPV is now all set to hit the American market as Sedona. Kia Motors says that the new-gen Carnival is their ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’ and serves as company’s flagship MPV. The Kia Carnival retailed in India is in production since 2014 in other countries. If you look at other models in the carmakers stable, you may feel that the current-gen Kia Carnival is getting a bit dated. Talking about the new-gen model, outside, it features a sharper design language. Company’s designers have worked pretty well to give the MPV a more dynamic look. The car now looks much sleeker and appealing than the previous-gen model.
Upfront, it now gets a shorter overhang and longer bonnet. It also employs the company’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and angular headlamps with integrated LED DRLs. The carmaker has also increased the wheelbase of the MPV. On the side, the MPV features new smart looking alloy wheels and sliding rear doors. Moving towards the rear fascia of the car, the main highlight is sleek taillights connected via full-width LED light bar. The rear of the MPV also features a few chrome accents, which enhances the premium appeal of the MPV. The new-gen Kia Carnival is offered in 7-seater configuration and its much premium than before. The MPV features reclining ‘Premium Relaxation Seats’ for second-row occupants with adjustable back, arm and leg rests.
It also gets a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which are placed under a single piece of glass. The infotainment unit will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto depending on the market. Other than these it’ll also feature Kia Live Services, live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking. Mechanically, it derives power from three different powertrain options namely- a 2.2-litre Smart stream diesel, a 3.5-litre MPi petrol and a 3.5-litre GDi V6 engine.