Kia Motors Corporation has revealed first images of the new Kia Carnival, the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship minivan. Released in Korean specification, the new Kia Carnival has been designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.
Dubbed a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’, the new model boasts a design evolution for the Carnival and it now wears highly detailed, futuristic and SUV-inspired design elements, the new model brings a stronger, more stylish presence to the mid-sized MPV segment. The new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer hood. Its increased wheelbase also contributes to greater space throughout the cabin, while giving the car a longer, slightly more athletic silhouette
The new model features a unique ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out A- and B-pillars supporting the body-colored roof. From the side, one of the new car’s stand-out features is an eye-catching new C-pillar signature design, inspired by that of the new Sorento. The chrome fin, which wraps beneath the tapered rear windows and extends towards the tailgate, is finished with a subtle diamond pattern that is also reflected throughout the inside of the car.
At the rear, the Carnival boasts a wide, distinctive new design which uses full-width lines to emphasize the car’s sense of solidity. These lines include the sleek combination lamps, which echo the same details as the DRLs at the front of the car, integrated into a full-width light. The light bar connects visually to a sharp, sculpted line which extends downwards and wraps around the license plate.
Above the light bar is a chrome line, which started at the base of the new signature C-pillar and wraps around the base of the rear screen. Beneath the light bar, highlight lines extend across the tailgate to raise the visual center of gravity of the rear of the car. Further enhancing its SUV-inspired design, the Carnival is finished off with a metallic lower skid plate, elevating the car further and giving it a more robust appearance.
Kia is yet to release images for the interiors, but by the looks of it, the SUV inspired theme might be carried inside along with some highly futuristic design elements. Details on the powertrains aren’t out either, and we anticipate Kia Motors to launch the updated Carnival sometime in 2022 for the domestic market.