New Kia Sedona / Carnival Debuts First “Large Utility Vehicle”

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Fourth-generation Kia Carnival unveiled

  • First images of Kia new ‘Large Utility Vehicle’ show its stronger design presence and SUV style
  • The evolution of the character and modern new look for Kia’s flagship minivan
  • Marketing in Korea later in Q3 2020

Kia Motors Corporation has unveiled the first images of the new Kia Carnival, the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship MPV. Launched in Korean specs, the new Kia Carnival – sold in many markets around the world as the Kia Sedona – was designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a cutting-edge combination of innovation, flexibility and style. .

Dubbed a “large utility vehicle,” the new model benefits from a design evolution for Carnival. The fourth generation model builds on the legacy of its predecessors with a more architectural sense of solidity and an improved appearance that draws on the overall design ethic that ties together Kia’s entire car design identity. . Paired with highly detailed futuristic details and SUV-inspired design cues, the new model brings a stronger and more stylish presence to the midsize MPV segment.

A character evolution

The new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar being moved rearward to create a longer hood. Its increased wheelbase also contributes to more space in the cabin, while giving the car a longer and slightly more athletic silhouette. The result is a side profile that reveals the more dynamic DNA of Carnival.

This is emphasized by a simple yet bold character line that runs the length of the car, connecting the front and rear lights. Underneath this clear line, the Carnival features a more pronounced sense of volume in its body, with bold wheel arches and crisp lines along the body giving it a more sculpted appearance.

The new model features a unique ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out A and B-pillars supporting the body-color roof. On the side, one of the standout features of the new car is an eye-catching new C-pillar signature design, inspired by that of the new Sorento. The chrome spoiler, which wraps under the tapered rear windows and extends to the tailgate, is finished with a subtle diamond pattern that is also reflected throughout the car’s interior.

A more confident and futuristic face

The Carnival features a new “tiger face” that spans the full width of the vehicle. This confident, more futuristic face perfectly integrates Kia’s iconic “tiger nose” grille lamps. Kia designers dubbed this “symphonic architecture,” with the facade design bringing together a range of detailed technical features to create a sense of harmony and structural energy. The radiator grille and lights are defined by their high-tech, high-precision detailing, with chrome accents above the grille and forming its own character line around the face of the car. The jagged edge of the upper grille is paired with perpendicular pleats that extend straight up the hood, creating a more determined look when viewed from the front.

The Carnival’s LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs) form a unique light signature. The high beams are integrated into the corner of the tiger nose grille, with the low beams placed separately, on the outer edges of the front of the car. Between them, the daytime running lights wrap around the Carnival’s turn signals, then dip downward, merging with the lower chrome border of the grille.

Underneath, sculpted bumpers and lower air intake match metal trim and a black lower bumper, showcasing the rugged appearance inspired by the Carnival’s SUVs.

SUV-inspired design extends to the rear

At the rear, the Carnival sports a distinctive new wide design that uses lines across the width to emphasize the car’s sense of solidity.

These lines include the stylish combination lamps, which echo the same details as the daytime running lights on the front of the car, integrated into full-width lighting. The light bar visually connects to a clean, sculpted line that extends downward and wraps around the license plate.

Above the light bar is a chrome line, which begins at the base of the iconic new C-pillar and wraps around the base of the rear window. Below the light bar, highlight lines extend across the tailgate to raise the visual center of gravity of the rear of the car.

Further enhancing its SUV-inspired design, the Carnival features a metallic lower skid plate, further elevating the car and giving it a more rugged appearance.

Following Carnival details will be revealed shortly

The new Kia Carnival is expected to go on sale in Korea, Kia’s domestic market, later in the third quarter of 2020, with global sales in many Kia markets to follow thereafter. More product details will be released soon.

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