Kia has been selling the fourth-generation Carnival in international markets for a long time, but in India it continued to use the previous-generation model until it quietly pulled the MPV from its website recently. The South Korean company unveiled this new model as the Kia KA4 at the 2023 Motor Show, but new spy reports have confirmed that India will get the facelift, which was first spotted in October this year.
A new front design has been seen in the Carnival spy photos. The back and sides are similar to models sold abroad. The 2.2 liter diesel engine is still used.
Compared to the KA4, spy shots of the big Kia MPV show new vertical L-shaped headlights surrounded by long LED DRLs, a redesigned ‘tiger nose’ grille and a bumper from before. The Carnival and Spy background looks similar to the one shown in November. The L-shaped taillights are joined by a cluster of headlights, but thick glass hides the rest.New square alloy wheels are also seen.
Overall, the 2024 Carnival will feature an SUV-inspired exterior, with unique design elements to match the latest Kia cars and SUVs. The Carnival for India will be larger than the model sold in India.
There’s no new information on the interior of the Carnival facelift, but we expect it to be smaller, with two 12.3-inch screens on stage.The MPV is also expected to get AC and audio controls under the center display, rotary knob selector, front and rear cameras, head-up display, digital rearview mirror and updated digital key with ambient lighting on the side of the console. You also have the option to start your car with your fingerprint.
The MPV will be offered in 7-, 9- and 11-seater configurations overseas, but there is no word yet on whether it will be offered in the Indian market.
In the global market, Carnival will launch the 3.5-litre petrol, the 1.6-litre petrol and the 2-litre petrol.With the 2-litre engine option, the Indian model will continue with the current minivan’s 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit and automatic transmission.
Set to launch in 2024, the Carnival facelift should be priced between Rs 26 lakh and Rs 35 lakh ex-showroom in India. Of course, a minivan like the Toyota Innova Hycross can be considered an alternative in that price range.