Kia has released initial images and details of the updated Carnival, set to hit the Korean market next month. The flagship minivan now showcases Kia's most recent design elements and includes a hybrid engine choice, three years following the launch of its fourth generation.

The most striking change to the exterior is the revamped front end, taking cues from the recently updated Kia Sorento SUV. The new vertical headlights feature slim horizontal LED lines and are paired with an expanded tiger-nose grille and a single lower air intake. Meanwhile, the hood and front fenders seem to be retained from the model prior to the facelift, as does the side profile.

Alterations extend to the rear of the vehicle as well, incorporating vertical features into the full-width taillight assembly. The license plate is now situated lower on the reconfigured tailgate, and the updated rear bumper comes with SUV-like cladding that contrasts with the enlarged, glossy skid plate.

Kia has also introduced a novel Gravity trim level, distinguished by a unique grille design, alternative alloy wheels, and dark metallic exterior highlights for a more subdued look. Additionally, new wheel options akin to Kia’s line of electric vehicles have been introduced, and the color selection has broadened with the new Ivory Silver option, complementing the existing shades of Snow White Pearl, Astra Blue, Aurora Black Pearl, Pantera Metal, and Ceramic Silver.

Although Kia hasn't released interior photos yet, it's reasonable to expect that the Carnival will feature the curved digital dashboard with dual 12.3-inch screens, as seen in other Kia offerings. This will likely come along with new fabric choices and continue to offer either a 7-seat or 8-seat arrangement.

While it has much in common with the Sorento in terms of platform, the Carnival was among the few Kia vehicles that didn't offer an electric or hybrid version. This changes with the new facelift, which is confirmed to include a 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid engine, in addition to the standard gasoline and diesel options.

Further details about the updated Carnival's specs and market availability, including pricing in Korea and the commencement of pre-orders, will be disclosed by Kia next month. The revamped minivan is expected to make its U.S. debut for the 2025 model year, as the existing model continues to be available for the 2024 model year.

Source: Kia 

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Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
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