Kia Carnival facelift spotted on test drive, ready for launch day

The latest images of the Kia Carnival facelift prototype have been shared on social media, confirming that the vehicle will be equipped with a Hybrid powertrain.


This test prototype seems to be the commercial version of the Kia Carnival facelift. In this update, the Kia Carnival can have a new appearance inspired by the EV9 design. Compared to the previous appearance, we can clearly see the new LED headlights design on the Carnival facelift placed vertically, along with the horizontal LED daytime running lights.

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Another notable point is the design of the Kia Carnival 2024 wheels, which looks very outstanding, similar to concept car models.

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The rear end of the Kia Carnival 2024 is still carefully hidden under camouflage, but we can see the LED taillights with an inverted L-shaped graphic, completely different from the horizontal taillight design of the current version.

Automatic sliding doors, sunroof, spacious interior, SUV-inspired design language, suitable features and technical specifications, technology-filled interior along with the ADAS system… will be the strengths of the new Carnival.

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Meanwhile, the engine options for the Kia Carnival facelift are likely to remain the same as the current version. In the home market of Korea, the 4th generation Kia Carnival is offered with gasoline engine options of 3.5L and diesel engine 2.2L.

However, there are also rumors that the upgraded Kia Carnival will have a hybrid option, which is believed to be inherited from the Kia Sorento. The Sorento Hybrid currently has a combined total output of 227 horsepower, while the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid provides 261 horsepower. Both models use a T-GDi 1.6-liter turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor and different capacity batteries.

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In addition, Kia will also add some missing equipment to this facelift version that was not available at the time of the 4th generation Carnival launch. The new equipment may include a HUD screen, Highway Drive Assist 2 (HDA2) driving assistance, a pair of curved 12-inch screens, fingerprint recognition, Ergo Motion Seats from the EV9…

The Kia Carnival 2024 could be officially launched in South Korea at the end of this year, followed by other markets in early next year.

By Trang Nguyen (