Next-gen Kia Carnival revealed, due 2021

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.

Luke Wilkinson

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