Kia is just about ready to roll out the next-generation Carnival. The all-new minivan was revealed about three weeks ago but they haven't shown everything just yet. We don't even know what the interior looks like, that is, until now.
With its exterior shown, it seems that Kia decided now is a good time to show what their Carnival looks like inside. Compared to the outgoing model, the new interior is a far cry from that. The 2021 edition has a slimmer, curvier theme going on. It employs a wraparound design that gives the impression of door panels 'connecting' to the dashboard. Also gone are the vertical air-conditioning vents, which have been replaced by slimmer units.
It looks like Kia is trying to lessen the amount of buttons on the center stack as well. For instance, interacting with the automatic climate control system is no longer with knobs or dials. Instead, it uses a touch panel. To free up more space, the 2021 Carnival has shifted to an electro-mechanical gear selector instead of the traditional mechanical system.
Then there's the screen that combines both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system all in one unit. All in all, that screen measures a massive 24.6 inches across. Kia says this arrangement is 'cutting edge', although the features of this screen has yet to be mentioned by Kia.
Other things to expect in the 2021 Carnival? This minivan will come in three seating configurations with three or four-row arrangements. There's seating for 7, 9, and 11, depending on the variant chosen. The 7-seat models come with reclining ‘captain’s chairs’ for second-row occupants, with adjustable backrests, armrests and leg rests.
Kia adds that there is a range of new features for stowing, supporting, and even charging electronic devices and smaller items. Second-row occupants have access to back-of-seat USB chargers, storage nets for mobile devices, and a new storage drawer in the base of the rear console, with a tray for storing tablets or phones above a larger storage area.
The 2021 Kia Carnival will first be launched in South Korea during the third quarter of this year. By then, the full specifications of the minivan will likely be released. With the Carnival traditionally being offered locally, we could be seeing this all-new version in showrooms by next year.