Today, the Asian automaker combines the photo sets with explanations about what Kia calls the new generation “Grand Utility Vehicle. The 2021 Kia Carnival.
Speaking of SUVs, the new model is being described by Kia as a “Grand Utility Vehicle” courtesy of an exterior design that takes after sport utility vehicles to bank on the huge demand the segment is enjoying. It’s larger than before, with overall length increasing by 40 mm (1.57 inches) to 5155 mm (203 inches) while the wheelbase has been stretched by 30 mm (1.18 inches) to 3090 mm (121.6 inches).
To make the cabin even roomier than before, the body’s width has been extended by 10 mm (0.4 inches) to 1995 mm (78.5 inches) while the rear overhang is 30 mm (1.18 inches) longer, at 1130 mm (44.4 inches), for more third-row space and greater cargo volume. The increased footprint comes along with a newly developed platform and a choice between three and four rows of seats. Depending on the market, the Carnival will be available with seven, eight, or 11 seats.
In Korea, the new Carnival will be sold with a handful of engines. These include a 2.2-liter Smartsteam diesel with 199 hp and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, a 3.5-liter MPi petrol engine with 268 hp and 245 lb-ft (332 Nm), and a 3.5-liter GDi V6 rated at 290 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm). All engines are paired as standard with eight-speed automatic transmissions. Kia has yet to state what engines will be offered in North America.
Taking pride of place in the re-designed dashboard is a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, all located under a single piece of glass. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard and depending on the market, Kia Live services is included, offering live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking.
Kia has also implemented an intriguing ‘Rear Passenger View & Talk’ feature that allows front passengers to check on rear-seat occupants with a small camera linked to the infotainment system. Another key feature of the new Carnival is one-button smart open-and-close for the rear power-sliding doors and tailgate.
More useful tech depending on market includes items like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with car, pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assist with a rear-view monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, and a Surround View Monitor.
A semi-autonomous Level 2 driving system is also on board, along with Safe Exit Assist that prevents the power-sliding rear doors from opening if it detects a car is approaching from behind. In a worst-case scenario, following a crash, automatic braking is activated to diminish the severity of a possible second impact.
Kia will have the Carnival on sale in South Korea starting with the third quarter of the year.