What you’re looking at is the all-new Kia Carnival (also called the Sedona in other markets), which is the South Korean brand’s competitor to the likes of the Honda Odyssey. The current generation model first came out in 2014, which means the Kia Carnival is ripe for a major update.
Over the years, minivans and MPVs have seen a decline in sales in favor of SUVs mainly due to their image. As trivial as it may sound, this has led Kia to transform the Carnival into something that looks more adventurous. Marketed as a “Grand Utility Vehicle,” the fourth-generation Kia Carnival wants to attract buyers gravitating towards SUVs with its radical new design.
Whereas the current Carnival has the typical short hood, cab-forward design of a minivan, this all-new model features a longer hood that gives it a more SUV-like silhouette. Another distinctive design feature of the all-new Carnival is the satin silver trip from the C-pillars that wraps around the rear windshield. There’s also a new LED taillight design that runs along its width. Further giving the Carnival a more rugged appearance are its front and rear faux skid plates, which are finished in matte silver.
Kia has not yet revealed the interior of the all-new Carnival, though we expect that it will feature a similar theme from the all-new Sorento three-row SUV on which it shares the same platform.
Powertrain options were also not yet released as of this moment, though we expect that it will continue to be offered with a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine found in the current model. Other engine choices for various markets include a 2.5-liter turbo petrol engine and a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine and an electric motor.
More details and specifications about the all-new Kia Carnival will be released soon.