It’s out in the open, and ready for eager eyes to see. Here is the new Kia Carnival, and it looks stunning. The covers are officially off as Kia unveils its new 4th-generation Carnival. It was just a while back when Kia revealed official concept drawings of the Carnival. Now with a new SUV or crossover-like design, the new model is striking and very handsome.
Dubbed as a “Grand Utility Vehicle” the model eschews several of its mini-van proportions in favor of the now more conventional two-box design which is the same shape that SUVs, Crossovers, and MPVs follow. This means that the engine is situated farther away from the dashboard, leaving more space for the cabin.
Dominating the front end is a massive and stylish grille that looks more modern with its woven look. Instead of your standard mesh, you can see nice striations that give the same effect that mesh does, but with a different and very refreshing pattern. You also have headlights that appear to be LEDs with DRLs, and there is also a set of fog lamps located at the bottom portion of the bumper.
On its side, you also see that Kia hasn’t gone with a fully blacked-out A, B, C, and D pillars like in their concept sketch. We can, however, see that the brand has given this model roof rails along with a set of stylish wheels. You still get sliding doors just like its predecessor, and there is also a nice character line that stretches from the front, all the way to the back which nicely hides the sliding door’s tracks.
The rear quarter also has a radically different design. It’s one of the more unique rear ends we’ve seen from the South Korean brand since the entire taillight is just one whole piece that stretches from one end to the other. It’s also uniformly shaped and it’s a single bar that is free of any odd angles. The rear is also more bulbous than a crossover, but is as sleek as ever thanks to is more SUV-like proportions.
There are no photos of the interior just yet. In fact, I think that’s one of the areas we’d definitely love to see up close in photos or in the metal. No word on launch just yet. Just an unveiling, similar to what Kia has done for its midsize crossover, the Sorento.
We’ve kinda called it from before, and the Kia Carnival is now a very good looking automobile. You could also say that it’s set to make minivans or MPVs great looking again? Perhaps we should leave our final verdict for it when it hopefully gets launched in the Philippines.