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The all-new Kia Carnival looks more like an SUV than a minivan

Are you down with this design?

To be honest, we never would have figured out this is a minivan if Kia didn’t outright say it was one. This is your first look at the next-generation Carnival, and it looks more like an SUV than what it actually is.

Few details have been shared by the Korean carmaker. All we have to go on so far is that the all-new Carnival will be getting the brand’s signature tiger nose grille, and that it will flaunt “high-tech” headlights. Hey, we said it wasn’t much.

And since this is a teaser sketch, there’s really no telling how much of this will carry over to what finally rolls off the company’s production lines. Those massive wheels are most probably gone. Its SUV-like proportions, though? Maybe it’ll stick.

To be frank, we’re not to how we feel about this potential new design direction. On one hand, we like the current state of minivans—they give off a much homier vibe compared to SUVs—but on the other, we’re still excited to see what Kia comes up with. We guess we’ll have to wait for a full reveal before casting judgment.

Kia says the next-gen Carnival will go on sale in South Korea by the third quarter of this year, with global launches to follow afterward. Are you liking the vehicle’s new look so far?

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