After teasing a darkened sketch of the next-generation Carnival last week, Kia finally shines the light on the actual thing, confirming the SUV-like design, more upright stance and beefier silhouette implied in the earlier illustration.
Entering its fourth-generation, the Kia Carnival—known as the Sedona in other markets—has been a decent seller for the South Korean car brand since its arrival 1998.
In fact, Kia has sold over two million units of the Carnival globally. Kia hopes the new model “will appeal to progressive young families with its combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.”
Given that the SUV is now the most preferred vehicle type in many of the Carnival’s target markets, the move toward a more SUV-like appearance is not at all unexpected, and appears like a natural evolution over the minivan’s previous generation.
The Carnival’s first images show a more confident Tiger Nose grille that appears more