Prior to the facelifted Carnival's market debut in Korea the following month, Kia released the first images and details. Three years following the launch of the fourth-generation model, the flagship minivan receives a hybrid engine option and is styled with Kia's most recent design language.
The revised snout, which is based on the recently completed facelift of the mechanically similar Kia Sorento SUV, is the focal point of the appearance. Together with a wider tiger-nose grille and a single lower bumper intake, the vertically placed headlights with the thin horizontal LED strips are stunning. However, the front fenders and bonnet, along with the profile, seem to have been retained from the vehicle before the facelift.
The addition of vertical parts to the full-width taillight cluster has also altered the rear end. The license plate is now located lower on the revised tailgate, and the bright, bigger skid plate is contrasted with SUV-style cladding on the new rear bumper.
A new Gravity trim with a distinctive grille design, exclusive alloy wheels, and black metallic exterior details for a more covert look was also shown by Kia. Last but not least, the colour palette has been broadened with the inclusion of the new Ivory Silver shade, in addition to the already-existing Snow White Pearl, Astra Blue, Aurora Black Pearn, Pantera Metal, and Ceramic Silver. The new wheel selections are modelled by the automaker's EV line.
The inside of the Carnival is likely to carry over from previous Kia vehicles since it features a curved digital cockpit with two 12.3-inch screens, new upholstery options, and a seating arrangement that can accommodate seven or eight people. However, the business has not released any interior images.
The Carnival was one of the last Kia cars to be available without an electric variant, even though it shared its platform with the Sorento. This changes with the facelift, which is confirmed to come with a 1.6-litre hybrid turbocharged in addition to gasoline and diesel engine options.
Next month, Kia will provide further details on the facelifted Carnival's features and market availability, including Korean price and the launch of pre-orders. Since the current model is carried over for the 2024 MY, the redesigned minivan is probably going to come in the US for the 2025 MY.