Kia recently unveiled the 4th-gen Carnival to the world. It features a host of changes to its design with increased dimensions. Kia has dubbed the new-gen Carnival as the ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’.
In terms of design, it now gets SUV elements, such as skid plates at both ends, roof rails, and use of black cladding at the bumpers. Also, the lines and creases are now much sharper in comparison to the outgoing car. The bonnet is now a high-set piece of sheet metal and gets a new bolder-looking tiger-nose grille. The mesh pattern on the grille is changed as well.
The headlamps cluster has shrunk in size. It gets a new pattern for LED DRLs, which hasn’t been seen on any Kia car so far. The alloy wheels are a size larger and measure at 19-inches in diameter. They do gel well with the beefy proportions of the MPV. It continues to get the electronically sliding rear door, but the C-pillar now gets finished in chrome to break the visual bulk. The chrome applique is extended all way to the rear windscreen then to the C-pillar on the other side of the car.
In the rear, gone are the big old-school tail lamps, and comes in a new sleeker setup with a light bar. The tailgate has been redesigned as well and does not look bland anymore. However, Kia has kept the low loading lip intact, which is a boon when loading heavy stuff in the boot space.
The South-Korean carmaker has not revealed the interior of the car as of now. Although, it is expected to be revamped with premium materials and an upmarket design. The powertrain options are expected to be comprised of a 3.3L GDi V6 petrol motor and a 2.2L turbo-diesel.