Kia’s Facelifted Carnival: Style and Comfort
Kia has unveiled the updated Carnival, featuring a fresh design and advanced features. Here’s a breakdown of the key changes and improvements:
A Unique Style with the Gravity Package
For those looking for a distinctive appearance, Kia offers the new Gravity package, complete with a dark and stylish look. This package includes a unique grille, black side steps, dark metal accents, and exclusive 19-inch black wheels.
Enhanced Performance and Comfort
Kia promises improved ride comfort and reduced noise inside the facelifted Carnival. This is achieved through the introduction of new shock absorbers and additional sound-deadening materials.
Starting from the outside, the Carnival now adopts a fresh Opposites United design, blending sophistication with SUV-like strength. The most noticeable changes can be seen in the front, with a larger grille, new headlights featuring a unique vertical design, and “Star Map” daytime running lights. The rear of the vehicle sports new taillights with vertical elements, a revised bumper, and a cleaner-looking liftgate without the previous handle.
Cutting-Edge Interior Features
Inside the vehicle, you’ll find a lightly revised dashboard and a floating panoramic curved display. This display incorporates a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 12.3-inch infotainment system. The model also boasts a revised center console, new switchgear, and a rotary shifter. Additionally, Kia has expanded ambient lighting, introduced a fingerprint authentication system, and added a UV-C sterilization box in the center console. Other highlights include an 11-inch head-up display, an Ergo Motion driver’s seat, and an updated infotainment system supporting over-the-air updates and voice commands with the “Hey Kia” wake word.
Impressive Powertrain Options
Under the hood, the facelifted Carnival features a new turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain with a combined output of 242 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Kia claims a fuel economy rating of up to 14.0 km/L, approximately 33 mpg. Customers can also choose from a 2.2-liter diesel engine and a familiar 3.5-liter V6, although details about these engines remain limited.
Advanced Technology and Safety
The updated Carnival comes with a range of driver assistance systems, including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Collision Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist 2, High Beam Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and Rear Cross-Path Detection.
The Carnival will be available for pre-order in South Korea, with pricing starting at ₩34.7 million ($26,601).