The 2021 Kia Carnival has been formally introduced in Korea earlier than it lands in North America doubtless early subsequent yr because the 2022 Sedona.
Underpinned by Kia’s new mid-size platform, the brand new Carnival has been dubbed a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’ and has a a lot sleeker and extra interesting design than the previous-generation mannequin.
Things begin out on the entrance the place Kia’s designers have applied the automaker’s ‘tiger nose’ grille in addition to a set of sharp headlights and LED daytime operating lights. Also discovered up entrance is a sculpted bumper and decrease air consumption with metallic trim, additional including to the extra trendy appears to be like. Design modifications proceed on the rear with a full-width mild bar and an SUV-inspired metallic skid plate.
South Korean consumers will likely be provided eight exterior coloration choices in addition to a number of aluminum wheel designs in 17-, 18-, and 19-inch types.
Thanks to the brand new platform, the fourth-generation Carnival’s size grows by 40 mm (1.5-inches) and the wheelbase has been prolonged by 30 mm (1.1-inches), providing improved interior space. Depending available on the market, the Kia will likely be obtainable in three- or four-row seating configurations with area for seven, eight, or 11 occupants.
In seven-seat configuration, the brand new Kia Carnival consists of reclining ‘Premium Relaxation Seats’ for second-row occupants with adjustable again, arm and leg rests. With simply the entrance row of seats in use, the Carnival affords up 2,905 liters (102.5 cubic-feet) of cargo area.
Dual 12.Three inch shows and loads of tech on-board
Taking pleasure of place within the re-designed dashboard is a 12.3-inch digital instrument show and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, all situated below a single piece of glass. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come normal and relying available on the market, Kia Live companies is included, providing stay visitors info, climate forecasts, factors of curiosity, and particulars of potential on- and off-street parking.
Kia has additionally applied an intriguing ‘Rear Passenger View & Talk’ characteristic that permits entrance passengers to examine on rear-seat occupants with a small digital camera linked to the infotainment system. Another key characteristic of the brand new Carnival is one-button good open-and-close for the rear power-sliding doorways and tailgate.
Kia says the brand new Carnival “maintains the same driving character as its predecessors, prioritizing comfort and surefootedness above all.” It options totally unbiased suspension and a number of noise, vibration and harshness measures to enhance consolation.
A four-pot diesel and two gasoline V6s for Korea
In Korea, the brand new Carnival will likely be bought with a handful of engines. These embody a 2.2-liter Smartsteam diesel with 199 hp and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, a 3.5-liter MPi petrol engine with 268 hp and 245 lb-ft (332 Nm), and a 3.5-liter GDi V6 rated at 290 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm). All engines are paired as normal with eight-speed computerized transmissions. Kia has but to state what engines will likely be provided in North America.
Korean gross sales of the brand new Carnival will kick off within the third-quarter of this yr, with different international markets to observe later within the yr. As talked about earlier than, it’ll most likely arrive in U.S. dealerships early subsequent yr because the 2022 Kia Sedona.