A few months ago we reported that the 2021 Kia Carnival will soon be making its global debut. With the current-generation already being six-years-old, the van is already ripe for a complete redesign.
Now the Korean automaker has just revealed a teaser image of the next-generation Carnival, along with some key details about its design.
Unlike the outgoing generation, the all-new Carnival features an SUV-like design. It gets a bigger and more prominent tiger-nose grille upfront that seamlessly blends with the sleek LED headlights. A more sculpted hood, along with a bold front bumper further accentuates the Carnival's more stylish looks that Kia calls 'symphonic architecture'.
The 2021 Carnival also appears to have a 'pillarless' design although this could have been deliberately done on the teaser sketch in order to show the van's sleek lines. More than likely, the production model will still have a B-pillar present on the exterior.
Beyond that, the 2021 Carnival also has a character line that runs the entire length of the van which links the rear and front lamps. As an added touch, the glasshouse is characterized by a new chrome fin which also surrounds the rear glass area, while a floating roof design gives the 2021 Carnival a more discerning look.
Other details regarding the 2021 Carnival still remain a mystery. But based on our previous report, the Carnival will be bigger and will be available with a wide array of turbocharged engines. In terms of size, the next-gen Carnival will supposedly measure 5155mm long, 1995mm wide, 1740mm tall and a will have a 3090mm wheelbase. This makes the all-new people carrier 40mm longer and 10mm wider than before.
As for its supposed engine lineup, the 2021 Carnival will supposedly have the same engine options as the Sorento. This means it might come with a 2.5-liter gasoline-turbo with 281 PS, a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid that puts out 230 PS, or an updated version of the 2.2-liter turbo-diesel which delivers 202 PS.
Kia plans to have the 2021 Carnival on sale in Korea in Q3 of 2020 while global sales will follow soon after. With that in mind, we can expect the all-new people carrier to make its local debut here sometime next year. But until then, Kia will reveal more details and pictures of the next-generation Carnival in the weeks to come before its official launch. We're keeping our fingers crossed the Kia reveals it next month.