The luxury Kia Carnival MPV has undergone a cultural upgrade to overseas markets. The fourth-generation version has been released internationally ahead of the first South Korean business introduction planned for the third quarter of 2020. Although the features and the cabin are still under wraps, Kia has unveiled some outer images of the upcoming MPV ‘s top-spec Limousine model.
With straight lines and some SUV-inspired style tips, the latest Carnival now looks more sleek. Its wider, higher hood with a new edition of the Kia’s ‘tiger face’ grille that smoothly blends with the current headlamps lets it appear more luxurious. The grille currently incorporates an elaborate mesh pattern, rather than the studded version of the outgoing edition. The new headlamps feature integrated daytime running LED lamps which produce a distinct signature of light and separate the low beam lamp, high beam lamp and turn indicators. The sculpted front bumper has been updated to suit the new design language while retaining the position of the central air dam and front fog lamp.
The latest Carnival’s sporty posture along with the front and rear skid plates is a further improvement to the SUV-inspired style. The design to accommodate the rear sliding doors is also aligned with the character lines of the new carnival and makes a visual connection to the tail lamps.
At the top, the architecture of the latest Carnival emphasizes the breadth of the MPV with a lightbar stretching around the back end. The chrome applique underneath the rear windscreen that wraps around and incorporates the floating roof effect into the C-pillar style. Inside the lightbar the LED elements imitate the shape of the LED DRLs up front. Kia’s shocking photos indicate that this is the latest carnival ‘s top-spec Limousine model. Another detail is the switch for the Carnival badge from block letters to cursive style, as well as variant.
Kia will be revealing more details about the fourth-gen Carnival in the weeks to come but it has confirmed that its wheelbase has increased. In February 2020 the third-gen Carnival was launched in India and is priced between Rs 24.95 lakh and Rs 33.95 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Kia will likely continue to offer up to nine seats in its top-end premium MPV with multiple layout configurations. In 2022 the new-gen Carnival could be coming to India.