Fresh new look for Kia Carnival people mover
All-new model to build to build on previous success.
The fourth generation of Kia’s Carnival people mover is being readied for launch, with details released this week of the new model’s stylishly overhauled interior.
In what is clearly a calculated trickle-feed of information on the new model, the interior images land less than a month after Kia released exterior shots of its popular mid-sized MPV.
The Carnival, which is sold in many markets worldwide as the Sedona, has notched up more than two million sales since the first generation launched in 1998.
It’s easily Australia’s most popular people mover and last year claimed a silver medal in the Best Family Wagon category of the Australia’s Best Cars awards.
This all-new fourth-generation model promises to build on that success with a raft of significant new changes.
The interior of this Korean-market model shows a new wrap-around dashboard, with a high fascia and high-tech looks courtesy of dual-screen infotainment technologies with haptic touch controls.
Premium materials, quality design and innovative technology help differentiate the new model from its predecessor, with Kia describing it as having a “futuristic new cabin for the 2020s”.
The dash itself features two digital displays comprising a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen under a single piece of glass.
Kia says the display provides a wide variety of information across the two screens, with infotainment functions controlled via touch-sensitive buttons around the screen, and similar controls for the climate control system down by the centre console. A shift-by-wire dial for the transmission also sits at the base of the centre console.
Like its predecessor, the new MPV boasts significant levels of space for passengers in all rows, with Kia claiming its designers have created a greater sense of roominess inside, with a renewed focus on “modernity and style”.
Depending on market, the new Carnival offers owners three or four-row seating configurations, with space in its longer and wider body for seven, nine or 11 occupants.
Kia claims best-in-class luggage space and says that in its popular seven-seat configuration the Carnival boasts “business class” seating with reclining “captain’s chairs” for second-row occupants, with adjustable backrests, armrests and legrests.
The Carnival also offers plenty of practical storage options for occupants, with a range of new features for stowing, supporting and even charging electronic devices and smaller items.
Second-row occupants have access to back-of-seat USB chargers, storage nets for mobile devices, and a new storage drawer in the base of the rear console, with a tray for storing tablets or phones.
Last month Kia released exterior images of the new model which it dubs a “Grand Utility Vehicle”, saying it has “been designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style”.
The new SUV-inspired design features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer bonnet.
A longer wheelbase also contributes to greater space throughout the cabin, while giving the car a longer, slightly more athletic silhouette.
Styling-wise, a character line runs along the length of the car, linking the front and rear lamps, while the bold wheel arches and sharp lines along the body give the new model a more sculpted appearance.
Blacked-out A and B-pillars support the body-coloured roof, with an eye-catching new C-pillar signature design reportedly inspired by the new Sorento.
Up front the Carnival features what Kia is calling a new “tiger face” which extends across the width of the vehicle, linking the headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) with the brand’s so-called “tiger-nose” grille, creating a more purposeful look when viewed head-on.
At the rear, the Carnival boasts a wide, distinctive new design which uses full-width lines to emphasize the car’s width and sense of solidity.
The new Kia Carnival is due on sale in Korea, Kia’s domestic market, in the third quarter of 2020, with Australian sales expected in early 2021.