It even has a 21.5-inch TV in the back.
The all-new Kia Sedona minivan, which is sold as the Carnival in South Korea, was revealed back in the summer, with a more stylish exterior and a more spacious interior. We're still waiting for specifications and pricing details of the US version to be announced. In the meantime, Kia has unveiled a new version of the Carnival for the South Korean market that offers significantly more headroom.
Called the Carnival Hi Limousine, the minivan looks like it's fitted with a roofbox for extra storage, but the taller roof is designed to increase the headroom by 11.4 inches. Additional tweaks have also been applied to the exterior to distinguish it from the standard model including a front bumper guard, skid plates, and side steps.
It also sports a unique 'Hi Limousine' tailgate emblem, and a prominent LED brake light on the high roof. As a result of these changes, the Hi Limousine is 1.7 inches longer, and 12 inches taller than the standard model, but the width remains identical at 78 inches with a 121-inch wheelbase. Inside, the cabin also gets a luxury upgrade.
The seven-seater model features a cozy lounge-like cabin with second-row captain's chairs and a third-row bench with room for three occupants. The seats are trimmed in luxurious Nappa leather. A nine-seat version is also available with the seats arranged in a 2-2-2-3 layout. There are even some old-school side curtains for added privacy.
Standard interior tech includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a huge 21.5-inch monitor automatic climate control, and ambient lighting. On the outside, the Hi Limousine is also equipped with LED exterior lights and 19-inch wheels as standard.
Under the hood, the Carnival Hi Limousine is powered by a Smartstream 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 290 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In Korea, pricing for the nine-seater variant starts at 60.66 million won ($54,450) but no pricing details have been announced for the seven-seat model. Since there's less demand for luxury minivans over here, we aren't expecting Kia to bring the Hi Limousine to the US.