Kia Motors gives us a glimpse of the 2021 Carnival

Updated Nov 26, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The upcoming minivan sports a more SUV-oriented look.

Kia’s Carnival minivan – sold as the Sedona in overseas markets – has sold 2 million units worldwide since 2008. Now the South Korean automaker has provided a glimpse of the next-generation Carnival for the 2021 model year, releasing a designer sketch ahead of the model’s anticipated unveiling later this year.  

Kia Carnival sketch

The new Kia Carnival sports a more streamlined design

Kia’s designers have coined a new term for the upcoming Carnival: Grand Utility Vehicle, likely a reflection of the lofty aspirations that the company is attaching to the next-generation model.

The sketch hints at a heavily-streamlined yet more rugged silhouette, resulting in a sleeker look that’s more consistent with offerings in the Kia SUV list. A hood featuring more sculpted lines than the outgoing model rests on top of what Kia calls ‘symphonic architecture’ with the revised front seen to combine an array of features that result in visual harmony.

A revised bumper is evident, paired with a revamped front diffuser. The signature Kia ‘tiger nose’ grille remains on the fascia, surrounded by a pair of “high-tech headlamps” that could be the company’s yet-unnamed take on adaptive lighting technology. A dominant character line emerges from the lights, travelling along the length of the vehicle’s profile. 

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Old Carnival interior

Expect the interior to be completely redone especially where controls are concerned

Occupants can expect the instrument panel and infotainment system to use a new widescreen display each, as part of the interior amenities. An array of advanced driver-assist features is also among the anticipated features.

Kia is likely to offer the 2021 Kia Carnival with a range of more efficient powertrains, beginning with improved versions of the current 3.5L gasoline V6 and 2.2L diesel engines, the latter becoming part of Kia’s ‘Smartstream’ line of efficient power plants. 

Carnival V6 engine

Expect an improved version of the existing 3.6L V6, among other possible engine choices

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions could also be in the works, mating a 1.6L turbocharged engine to an electric motor. The eight-speed automatic gearbox on the outgoing model could likely be swapped with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The new Kia Carnival model is expected to launch in the Korean market on the third quarter this year, with other markets (including the Philippines) hopefully following by the fourth quarter or early 2021.

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Know more about Kia Carnival 2022

Kia Carnival

The 2022 Kia Carnival is a seven-seater minivan. It is now in its fourth-generation, and it has two different variants for the Philippine market. 

These include the Carnival SX AT, and the Carnival EX AT. Its prices range from Php 2,540,000 to Php 2,988,000. 

Under the hood of the all-new Carnival is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Both variants are front-wheel-drive, and both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

Size-wise, the new Carnival is 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide, and 1,740mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,060mm. 

Locally, the 2022 Kia Carnival rivals the Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Grand Starex, GAC GN8, among others. 

₱ 2,540,000 - ₱ 3,008,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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