When Kia first revealed the all-new Carnival in full last August, we couldn't believe what we saw. Instead of giving it a traditional minivan look, the all-new Carnival features an SUV-like design. Kia even went on to describe it as a 'Grand Utility Vehicle' instead of a minivan.
The interior, on the other hand, has been given a sleeker and more high-tech theme. It gets a wraparound dashboard, fewer physical buttons, and digital displays for the instrument panel, touchscreen infotainment, and HVAC controls.
All well and good, but when will the all-new Carnival actually arrive in the country? It seems we might not have to wait too long as Thailand is set to receive the next-generation people carrier very soon. According to our friends at Headlightmag, Kia will be revealing the 2021 Carnival at this year's Thailand International Motor Expo.
While exact specifications have yet to be revealed, the Thai-spec Kia Carnival will apparently be available with 11 seats and will come in two variants. But what exactly will the next-gen Carnival offer?
For starters, it will be powered by a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine which makes 202 PS and 441 Nm of torque. It will then be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. As mentioned earlier, it will be available with 11 seats that will be covered in leather, along with a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function.
As far as amenities and features are concerned, the 2021 Carnival will have plenty on offer over in Thailand. It will have a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, 3D surround Bose sound system, a 360-degree around-view monitor, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a blind-spot monitor, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and six airbags.
With the 2020 Thailand International Motor Expo set to begin on December 1, Thailand will be the first in the ASEAN region to get the all-new Carnival. Hopefully, the Philippines will be next in line to get the 2021 Carnival next year. We're also keeping our fingers crossed that Kia Philippines offer the gas-fed V6 version when they officially reveal it.