The new fourth-generation Kia Carnival has been revealed ahead of a market launch in the third quarter of this year.
Kia says the new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer bonnet. The wheelbase has also been extended to liberate more cabin space.
The new model is also distinguished by a unique ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out A- and B-pillars supporting the body-coloured roof. Designers have also adopted a new C-pillar design, inspired by the new Sorento.
Style-wise, the Carnival gets a new ‘tiger face’ which extends across the width of the vehicle. The company claims the castellated edge of the upper grille is paired with perpendicular creases which extend straight up the bonnet to give a more purposeful look when viewed head-on.
The headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) form a fresh light signature, while the high-beam lamps are integrated into the corner of the tiger-nose grille, with the low-beam lamps sitting separately, at the outer edges of the front of the car.
At the rear, there are new combination lamps integrated into a full-width light bar, a chrome detail line, and a metallic skid plate.
Kia is yet to confirm powertrain details, however, it’s expected some markets will get the hybrid option from the new Sorento. Locally, the current 206kW/336Nm 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine and the new 149kW/440Nm 2.2-litre diesel are likely starters.
The new Kia Carnival will go on sale in its home market in the third quarter of 2020, local availability and pricing are yet to be announced.
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