The Kia product update wave has popped the new Carnival (Grand Sedona) to the top of the swell and features a host of design changes around the ‘tiger face’.
The new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer hood. Its increased wheelbase also contributes to greater space throughout the cabin, while giving the car a longer silhouette.
The new model features a unique ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out A and B-pillars supporting the body-colored roof. From the side, one of the new car’s stand-out features is a C-pillar signature design, inspired by that of the new Sorento. The chrome fin, which wraps beneath the tapered rear windows and extends towards the tailgate, is finished with a subtle diamond pattern that is also reflected throughout the inside of the car.
The Carnival features a new ‘tiger face’ which extends across the width of the vehicle. This integrates with Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the grille and lamps are defined by their high-tech, high-precision details, with chrome trim above the grille and forming its own character line around the face of the car.
The Carnival’s headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) form a light signature and between them, the DRLs wrap around the Carnival’s turn signal lamps, then plunge downwards, merging with the grille’s lower chrome border.
At the rear, the Carnival boasts a wide, distinctive new design which uses full-width lines that include the combination lamps, which echo the same details as the DRLs at the front of the car, integrated into a full-width light. The light bar connects visually to a sharp, sculpted line which extends downwards and wraps around the license plate.
South Africans will have to wait until 2021 for the Grand Sedona.