New York 2014 Preview: Kia Carnival officially unveiled before world debut

New York 2014 Preview: Kia Carnival officially unveiled before world debut image

Text: / Photos: Kia | posted April 15, 2014 12:22

Available with seven or eight seats, U.S. sales to start near the end of 2014

Kia has unveiled the new Carnival, also known as the Sedona, at the 2014 New York International Show.

“Throughout the development process, our engineers in the U.S. and Korea focused on adding the element of desire to the all-new Sedona with improved driving dynamics and power and the incorporation of modern styling cues, premium materials and technology,” Orth Hedrick, vice president for product planning at Kia Motors America, said in a press release.

 “Combined with a host of active and passive safety features and technology, the completely redesigned Sedona retains the functionality the nameplate has always been known for, while rising to meet the diverse needs – and tastes – of today’s consumers.”

The Korean car maker said it expects sales in the U.S. to begin in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year, with prices to be announced near the Carnival’s launch date.

For the exterior, the new Carnival is the last model in Kia’s line-up to receive the corporate ‘Tiger’ Nose, brainchild of Kia chief designer and ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer.

The prominent grille is flanked by upswept head lights, featuring light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the lower bumper has larger and squared-off openings.

Along the side, the Carnival has a steeply-raked windshield and shorter front and rear overhangs, despite it being nearly 41 mm longer than its predecessor. Width and height remain unchanged.

The large ridge running from the top of the head lights to the brake lights, along with narrowing side windows, adds to the sleeker appearance of the van.

The rear of the new Kia Carnival

The back, though, is less edgy. The large tailgate has a rear spoiler, flourished with LED brake lights.

The Carnival can be bought as a seven-seater or as an eight-seater.

It is available with ‘Slide-n-Stow’second-row seats, which fold flat for ‘on-the-go’ cargo hauling while eliminating, the company says,“the hassle that comes with removing heavy and cumbersome middle seats.”

The second row can also be equipped with ‘First Class’ lounge seating that can be positioned rearward for added legroom and includes retractable lower leg rests.

All Carnivals come with 60:40 split-folding third-row seats.

For trim, the Carnival comes standard with YES Essentials fabric technology, which the company says“provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics.”

The top-of-the-range SXL model, however, has standard Nappa leather seats.

The company says the body is made of 76 percent ‘Ultra High Strength Steel.’ It has also reinforced the pillars, used more adhesives and made larger-diameter welds to increase the vehicle’s strength.

As reported earlier, the Carnival is powered by Kia’s 3.3-liter, GDI, ‘Lambda’ V6 engine producing 280 PS and 336 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The interior of the new Kia Carnival

The new Carnival uses the next-generation of Kia’s UVO Infotainment & Telematics system, with four new e-services: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score.

The system can also be connected to the Kia App Store, where Carnival owners can download additional applications for driver convenience like Siri ‘Eyes Free6’ and Local Search – powered by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest.

All Carnivals come standard with:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control System
  • Brake Assist System
  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Antilock Braking System
  • Roll Over Mitigation
  • Cornering Brake Control

Optional equipment include: Vehicle Stability Management, Forward Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Finally, the Carnival can be optioned with a Surround View Monitor that provides real-time images from cameras placed around the vehicle, along with an electric ‘Smart Tailgate.”