Kia previews 2024 Carnival's exterior; Indian launch anticipated in 2024
The updated Kia Carnival showcases a more defined front end with vertically arranged LED headlights, consistent with Kia's contemporary design approach.
Kia made an impressive debut with the fourth-generation Carnival at the Auto Expo 2023, where the luxury MPV showcased its refreshed exterior design. The updated model adheres to Kia's latest design philosophy, "Opposites United," bringing a blend of bold and stylish elements.
The most noticeable change can be seen at the front, where the facelifted Kia Carnival boasts a sharper fascia. This is accentuated by vertically stacked 4-piece LED headlights, crisp LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and a larger, redesigned grille. The front bumper has also received some tweaks, and it now features fog lamps nestled in its corners. Notably, it retains horizontal slats in the air dam and accommodates the radar for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
While the sides of the Carnival exhibit fewer design alterations, a fresh design for the alloy wheels has been introduced. Moving to the rear, the vehicle displays a refreshed tailgate, slimmer and redesigned LED taillights, and a revised bumper complete with a silver skid plate.
Kia has also revealed a distinct design variant known as the "Gravity" trim. It sports a dark grey shade, black outside rear-view mirrors (ORVMs), stylish alloy wheels, and a unique blacked-out grille.
Although Kia has yet to unveil the interior of the facelifted Carnival, the automaker has promised updates to enhance the screens, dashboard, and rear seat comfort. The vehicle will maintain its versatility by offering multiple seating configurations.
Under the hood, the fourth-generation Carnival will be available with three global powertrain options: petrol, diesel, and hybrid. A new addition to the lineup is the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol hybrid engine. While Kia hasn't confirmed the Indian launch plans for the updated Carnival, it is expected to arrive on Indian shores by 2024, likely starting at around Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).
The 2024 Carnival will bring a premium alternative to the Indian market and won't have a direct rival. Instead, it will serve as an appealing choice for those seeking a luxurious and versatile MPV, distinct from the Toyota Innova Crysta. Globally, more details about the 2024 Carnival are set to be revealed by Kia in November 2023.