Just about every Kia in the current range is all-new. From the Soluto to the Stinger, the South Korean automaker has been busy with clean sheet designs for the new decade. Only two models are in need of a redesign, namely the Forte and Carnival.
But in a few months, a fully redesigned version of the latter will make its global debut. Kia is targeting a July launch for the next-generation 2021 Carnival and it will ride on the new platform based on the all-new Optima and Sorento. Not only that, but it seems a few details have leaked out as well.
That pertains to is its dimensions - and it's a lengthy vehicle. It may be classified as a minivan but there's nothing mini about it when you see the numbers. The information that leaked says that the next-generation Carnival will measure 5,155 mm long, 1,995 mm wide, 1,740 mm tall, and have a wheelbase of 3,090 mm. That makes it 40 mm longer, and 10 mm wider than the outgoing model.
As for its new design, the test mules that have been going around are still heavily camouflaged. However, you might see some design cues from the Sorento and Optima to be applied to this minivan. That means a sharper looking nose and perhaps some dramatic-looking tail lights. You can also expect a totally different aesthetic for its interior given the look of Kia's cabins over the past couple of years.
As for the engine, it might be similar to the Sorento range. That means it could use a 2.5-liter turbo with 281 PS, a 1.6-liter turbo hybrid that makes 230 PS, and an updated version of the tried and tested 2.2-liter CRDi turbo-diesel that puts out 202 PS.
We'll get to know the full details, as well as how it looks, come July. Given that every generation of the Carnival has been sold here, the chances of it being sold locally are very high and it will likely come with a turbo-diesel engine. For now, all we can is wait until its official debut later this year.
*Note: The main image above is the current-generation Kia Carnival