The current Carnival is already one of our favorite minivans.
The latest Kia Carnival is one of our favorite minivans, and new spy shots of it have just arrived that show styling changes inspired by the upcoming EV9, along with an upgrade to the interior displays. While we've had a glimpse of the facelifted Carnival before, these latest spy shots show more details of the minivan from various angles, even though much remains hidden behind camouflage.
The production-bound EV9 looks like it'll be one of Kia's edgiest designs yet, so it's quite exciting that some of these styling elements are being applied to a minivan in a segment not known for its ability to turn heads.
In front, one of the primary visible changes are new lights in a vertical arrangement. These vertical lights may merely be daytime running lamps, with the primary headlights possibly staying in a similar horizontal position to where they are now.
Along the sides, there isn't much that's different. The facelifted model still has the same blacked-out A-pillar that gives the minivan a cool floating roof effect. More significant changes await at the back, where boomerang-style taillights have replaced the full-width lighting of the current model. This has shades of both the Telluride and EV9 about it, but we'll have to wait for the final model to see what Kia has come up with.
In the cabin, there looks to be a new single digital display ahead of the driver instead of the separate 12.3-inch displays in upper-spec Carnival models. But without knowing which trim we're looking at, it's not possible to be sure if this new display is standard or not.
As per previous rumors, our spies have indicated that a hybrid version of the Carnival is on the way. It is expected to use the same powertrain as the Hyundai Sante Fe and Kia Sorento Hybrid, which means that the combination of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor will produce around 227 horsepower. That's not nearly as powerful as the current Carnival's 290-hp 3.5-liter V6, but it'll be more efficient, while also giving Kia a hybrid minivan alternative to the Toyota Sienna hybrid.
We would also like to see the option of an all-wheel-drive Carnival, but this is a less likely change for the facelifted model.
The facelifted Kia Carnival will hopefully be revealed later this year as a 2024 model.
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