Kia Motors Corporation has hinted at the design of the brand’s fourth-generation Carnival flagship minivan today. Released in Korean specification, the all-new Carnival – sold in many markets worldwide as the Kia Sedona – will appeal to progressive young families with its combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.
The new model builds on its predecessors’ heritage in the midsized MPV segment, following more than two million Carnival sales worldwide since the first generation launched in 1998. With a stronger, more stylish presence, futuristic new details and an SUV-inspired design, Kia designers have even dubbed the new model a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’.
At the front, the Carnival’s new face seamlessly integrates high-tech headlamps with Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille. From the side, a bold character line runs the length of the car, linking the front and rear lamps, with its glasshouse characterised by a new chrome fin which extends to surround the rear.
The new Kia Carnival is due to go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020, with global sales in many of Kia’s markets to follow thereafter. Kia will release new images and more details about the fourth-generation Carnival soon.
India launch likely in 2022
Kia Motors India launched the third-generation Carnival at the Auto Expo in February this year. The MPV can be had in three seating configurations and three trims – the entry-level Premium variant is available as a 7- and 8-seater, the mid-spec Prestige can be had in a 7- or 9-seat arrangement and the range-topping Limousine variant gets a 7-seat layout with plush ‘VIP’ second-row seats.
Kia Motors India launched the third-generation Carnival at the Auto Expo in February this year, in three seating configurations and three trim levels.
While the next-generation Kia Carnival is likely to come to India in 2022, the current version saw a strong debut in India, selling 3,187 units in February and March 2020. It is available with a 200hp, 2.2-litre diesel engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission, offering 7-, 8- and 9-seat layouts, priced between Rs 24.95 and Rs 33.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India)