New Kia Carnival Continues Testing Undisguised – Launch Soon | V3Cars

The upcoming Kia Carnival was spied testing sans camouflage recently. The new Carnival MPV is likely to become Kia India’s second product launch in India after the Kia Sonet facelift. Spy shots from late last year confirmed Kia India’s intentions of launching the Carnival facelift, which made its global debut in October 2023. The latest spy shots show the Kia MPV being put through its paces.

Kia Carnival Facelift

Kia Carnival 2024 Spied Without Camouflage

The upcoming Kia Carnival was spied recently without any camouflage to hide its design details. Our first proper look at the 2024 Carnival gives us an insight into the design of the MPV.

The India-spec Carnival brings Kia's modern design language, giving it a more rugged, SUV-like look. The front end gets a significant makeover with a more upright stance and a dominating grille. Sharp L-shaped LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs) flank the grille, while a sleek brushed silver skid plate adds a touch of sophistication. The front bumper houses LED fog lamps and radar sensors for advanced driver-assistance features, further enhancing the Carnival's appeal.

Kia Carnival Facelift Interior And Features

In South Korea, the Kia Carnival facelift offers versatile seating options in 4-, 7-, and 9-seater configurations. Inside, buyers can choose from 3 interior themes—taupe, navy grey, and beige. The Carnival facelift model comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster, and amenities like multi-zone climate control, wireless charging, an air purifier, and ambient lighting.

A standout feature for rear passengers is the 14.6-inch Full HD dual screen system fitted onto the front seat headrests, forming part of Kia's innovative rear-seat entertainment setup. It allows occupants to stream content from various OTT platforms.

Prioritising safety, the new Kia Carnival facelift is equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), 8 airbags, a digital inside rearview mirror, and a safe exit assist function for the rear doors.

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Kia Carnival Facelift Powertrain Options And India Launch

In South Korea, the Kia Carnival facelift is offered with 3 engine options – a 3.5-litre normal petrol, a 1.6-litre petrol-hybrid and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel. The previous generation Kia Carnival sold in India was offered with the 2.2-litre diesel engine until the MPV was discontinued. We expect Kia India to offer the new model with the same engine option this time around too. In the now-discontinued Carnival, the 2.2-litre diesel engine produced 200PS of power and 440Nm of torque. 

The new Kia Carnival facelift is expected to go on sale in India in a few months. When launched, the D2-segment MPV will have no direct rivals in the country. The new Toyota Innova Hycross is the closest competitor to the new Kia Carnival. Since the new Kia Carnival sports an SUV-esque design, it could also serve as an alternative to the D2-segment 3-row SUVs such as the MG Gloster, Jeep Meridian and Skoda Kodiaq.

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Nikil Jonathan

Nikil's a huge fan of classic cars, especially Italian beauties such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and the Iso Grifo. His love for cars and bikes originated when he first laid his eyes on a poster of the Ferrari F40 and the MV Agusta F4 when he was just a child. He also loves all things analogue, especially vintage cameras and turntables.


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