New generation Kia Carnival to get bold new look based on Sorento, due in Australia early next year.
Kia has released the first teaser image of its fourth-generation Carnival people mover. The refreshed model will go on sale in Korea towards the end of summer, followed by the US and Asia later this year, and then Australia – looking for now like an early-2021 release on local soil.
Kia’s official teaser image gives us a good indication of how the new Carnival will look. Up front, there’s a stylised version of the company’s trademark “Tiger Nose” radiator grille and pair of wrap-around LED headlamps. The old car’s boxy design has also been retained, although its profile takes on a more SUV-like appearance.
The previous-generation Carnival shared the same platform as the outgoing Sorento SUV – and we expect Kia will adopt the same tactic with this new model. As such, buyers will likely be offered the same 148kW 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder diesel engine along with a V6 petrol. Kia has also hinted that the Carnival is unlikely to feature either a hybrid or PHEV powertrain.
We’re also expecting the new Carnival to adopt some of the technology found on the fourth-generation Sorento. The range-topping model should feature leather upholstery, climate control, a multifunction steering wheel and adaptive cruise control, along with Kia’s latest 10.25-inch infotainment system and 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle.
The full reveal will happen next month before Kia begins deliveries of its next-gen MPV.