Minivans are about three things: space, comfort, and practicality. Now, we’ve yet to see the next-generation Kia Carnival in the metal, but it’s a vehicle that seems to tick all the right boxes. Kia, though, still saw it fit to release a variant that doubles down on this proposition, and then some.
This is the Kia Carnival Hi Limousine variant. At first glance, it looks like a minivan with a chunky aftermarket roof box planted on top. This isn’t an accessory or additional cargo storage unit, however—it’s actually a raised roof that adds even more space to the minivan’s already cavernous-looking interior.
Besides the added space, the new addition brightens up the Carnival’s cabin with a massive new central lighting unit and new ambient mood lamp. A new 21.5-inch smart display also folds down from the new ceiling, while new curtains give the vehicle’s occupants a better sense of privacy.
Other add-ons you’ll find inside the Hi Limousine include hot/cold cupholders in the first and second rows, a built-in air purifier attached to the rear of the front passenger seat, and reading lights for second- and third-row occupants. And remember, all this is on top of an already snazzy-looking interior.
Powering the all-new Kia Carnival’s Hi Limousine variant is the same 3.5-liter gasoline direct-injection V6 with 290hp and 355Nm as the regular top-of-the-line unit. Tech features like a surround-view monitor, lane-keep assist, rear collision prevention assist, and other advanced driver assist systems are thrown into to package, too.
Like it? The Carnival Limousine is so far only available in South Korea with a 60,660,000 won (a little over P2.6 million) price tag. Considering the amount of time we spend stuck in traffic here in the Philippines, an investment like this seems worth it. Bring it in!