New-generation Kia Carnival reveals an SUV-inspired design language
Kia Motors Corporation has released a teaser for the next generation minivan Kia Carnival.
Although only a sketch, the first look at the upcoming model looks visibly slimmer and sharper than the current version.
In its fourth generation, the Kia Carnival - known in other markets as Sedona - has been a good seller for the South Korean brand since its arrival in 1998. In fact, Kia has sold over two million units of the carnival worldwide. Kia hopes that the new model "with its combination of innovation, flexibility and style will appeal to progressive young families".
Based on the sketch, the 2021 Kia Carnival will feature an SUV-like design with an upright posture and a more powerful silhouette. Kia calls the new model a "Grand Utility Vehicle" because it combines minivan utility with SUV sensitivity.
The only sketch shows a more confident Tiger Nose grille that appears wider and taller than that of the outgoing model and is surrounded by sharp and slim headlights that are guaranteed to be delivered in LED. The bolder facade is complemented on the sides by muscular wheel arches and the continuous character line that cuts through the entire middle part of the car.
The quarter glass looks larger than its predecessor and offers passengers in the back row a better view of the outside. The sketch also indicates the sportier turn of the carnival with the blackout pillars, the machined light alloy wheels and the roof rails.
Kia Motors is keeping track of the details of the new-generation carnival for the time being, though previous reports say the new version will be at least 35mm longer than the current model and will extend the overall length from 5115mm to 5150mm or more. This is due to a longer wheelbase, which is reported to have grown from 3,060 mm to 3,090 mm. The width is expected to grow by 10 mm.
The new Kia Carnival will go on sale in South Korea in the third quarter of this year. Worldwide sales will follow in the first half of 2021.
It remains to be seen when the new model will arrive on the Philippine shores. For now, the Kia Carnival 2019, which is available in three versions and has a price of 1.995 to 2.395 million pesetas, will have to suffice.
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