2021 Kia Carnival: first pictures unveiled
The world caught a glimpse of it in a teaser sketch published just a few days ago, and today we have first pictures of the all-new 2021 Kia Carnival, which fully reveals the MPV’s exterior design.
One look at the pictures is enough to say Kia wants the Carnival to have even more presence on the road than before, and the influence of design and styling is derived from Kia’s SUV range. Gone are the current-gen MPV’s rounded, soft lines, and more angular lines and a squared-off stance come in their place.
Grabbing attention upfront is the introduction of Kia ‘s iconic ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, which features a chrome-embellished diamond pattern, and its corners house the high beam headlight cluster, with the low beam clusters in narrow housings flanking the grill, accentuated by LED daytime running lights that wrap around the turn indicators. There is a chrome finish for the lower air intake, and the SUV-inspired look upfront completes with a fake skid plate.
Kia says it has shortened the front overhang of the new Carnival and moved the A-pillar back to give the all-new MPV a longer bonnet, dubbed a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle.’ In the pictures rides on 19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, the Limousine version and other notable design features along the side include a prominent character line running the length of the MPV, connecting head- and tail-lights, a chromed fin for the C-pillar and the black-finished A- and B- and D-pillars, producing what Kia calls an ‘island roof.’
The new Carnival sports LED taillights on the back are connected by a large LED light bar, a chrome strip that merges on the C-pillar into the base of the chrome fin, and a faux skid plate.
Kia hasn’t revealed the specifications for the fourth-gen Carnival at this time but has said the new MPV will have a lengthier wheelbase than the current-gen Carnival, and will also have more space inside.
Pictures published today only offer a brief look at the new Carnival ‘s exterior, but previously spy pictures have shown that it will have a brand new dashboard, fitted with two displays – one for the digital instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system.
The 2021 Kia Carnival will also retain its dual-sunroof setup and is expected to be available in multiple seating configurations as before – from as many as 11 seats (for variants aimed at the fleet market) to a sumptuously equipped four-seat version (with powered captain seats with ventilation) for those seeking a luxurious offering.
In the coming weeks, Kia will reveal only the engine options for the 2021 Kia Carnival. Expect it for select markets to bring over the 2.2-liter diesel. For regions that prefer petrol, it is expected that the 2021 Kia Carnival will have the same 280hp, 2.5-liter turbo-petrol driving the current Kia Sorento, along with a hybrid option that will combine a 1.6-liter petrol engine with an electric motor.
Some of you might wonder at this point “Didn’t Kia just launch India’s Carnival? “And the answer to that is yes, in February this year the Carnival was only launched at the Auto Expo. The third-gen MPV currently on sale in India, however, debuted globally back in 2014 and is expected to be replaced, with Korea set to get it first in the months ahead.