As we’ve seen from the Korean carmaker’s recent preview, the Carnival’s exterior has undergone a major redesign. It sports a new-look front fascia with a more aggressive-looking tiger-nose grille than before. Thin, swept-back headlamps are highlighted by stylish DRLs.
The latest Carnival features sharper lines on the sides along with prominent wheel arches and C-pillars. Out back, it gets taillights that are styled to appear like one long, horizonal bar, and a new rear bumper and skid plate.
The interior, which we also got a glimpse of in a recent preview, is roomy and comfy, as befits a vehicle of this kind. It’s based on what Kia calls the concept of ‘Spatial Talents,’ offering both a wide array of tech and an abundance of space for both passengers and cargo. It’s available in three- or four-row configurations that can seat seven, eight, or 11 passengers in total.
With the seven-seat variants, the Carnival comes with ‘Premium Relaxation Seats’ fitted in the second row. These are basically reclining captain’s chairs with a one-touch ‘Relaxation’ mode function that automatically adjusts the seating position for maximum comfort.
There are two 12.3-inch displays in the cabin: the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The latter sports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with voice-recognition functions. The system is also able to simultaneously connect to multiple smartphones via Bluetooth.
Moving on to what’s under the hood, the Carnival packs Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ powertrains. The gasoline options are a 3.5-liter gasoline direct-injection (GDi) V6 that generates 290hp and 355Nm, and a 3.5-liter multi-point injection V6 that’s capable of 268hp and 332Nm. The third option is a new 2.2-liter Smartstream diesel mill that produces 199hp and 440Nm of torque.
Other added features include a myriad of safety and driver-assist technologies that include forward and blind-spot collision avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, intelligent speed limit assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control, multi-collision brake system, and a surround-view monitor.
The Carnival also comes with a new safe exit assist that prevents the power-sliding rear doors from opening whenever the system detects any vehicle approaching from behind on either side. In addition, the minivan comes equipped with Kia’s Level 2 autonomous driving technology.
The next-gen Kia Carnival is now on sale in South Korea, with availability in other global markets to follow soon after. What do you think? Should Kia Philippines bring this in?