Last August, South Korean carmaker, Kia, fully revealed the fourth-generation Carnival featuring a more upscale look, spacious cabin, and new high-tech features to love. Now, apart from the other standard trims, the brand’s flagship minivan, at least in its home country, gets an additional Hi-Limousine variant which elevates the already-upmarket profile of the Carnival.
While it maintains almost all of its design cues from the standard model, the Hi-Limousine’s exterior gets some contrasting elements such as the higher roof with auxiliary brake light and the additional step boards which allows easier ingress and egress of passengers.
Inside, the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine can accommodate people up to 7 with the inclusion of captain seats on the second-row for that business class approach. Notably, buyers can also opt for a 9-seater setup if they haul more people.
All thanks to the higher roof, this special variant does reward passengers that more airy feel given the increased amount of headroom, 291mm more to be exact. It also comes with a built-in air purifier, a centerpiece LED lamp with ambient mood lighting, and hot or cold cup holders. Most importantly, the VIP approach of this minivan was further emphasized by the privacy curtains and the massive 21.5 inch monitor which provides that much-needed in-car entertainment for both the second and third-row passengers.
Like the standard mode, this trim also comes with a suite of driver-assist features including lane-keeping assist, blind-spot detection, and forward collision-avoidance assist. As mentioned, this particular variant of the Carnival is currently being sold in Korea. There’s still no official statement if this Hi-Limousine trim will reach other markets soon, though it’s worth noting that this minivan could be a potential competitor of the locally sold Toyota Alphard given its VIP approach. Now, the main question is, will Kia Philippines even consider bringing in the all-new Carnival here?