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Kia India had unveiled the new KA4 (fourth-gen kia carnival) at the Auto Expo 2023. Over two years after its debut. Compared to the current Carnival on sale in India, the fourth-gen model is bigger with SUV like styling, more premium and loaded with a host of new and advance tech. The Kia KA4 could be available in seven, eight, and nine seat configurations. Compared to the current-gen Kia Carnival, the new-gen KA4 adopts an SUV- stance with a much sharper design. Upfront, there is a characteristic Kia fascia which is also seen on many international SUVs like the Palisade and Sorento. In profile, there are the familiar sliding rear doors with electric functions. On the inside, the KA4 offers a characteristic Kia cabin with a floating screen atop the dashboard and an all-digital driver’s display. The rest of the cabin uses familiar elements seen on Kia models like the Seltos and Carens. In terms of features, it is expected to offer a dual sunroof, wireless charging, hands-free powered tailgate, hands-free power sliding doors, power and ventilated front seats, three-zone, and a 12-speaker Bose-sourced music system. Moreover, the new KA4 is expected to offer ADAS as well. In terms of powertrain, the new-gen Carnival in the international market is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 290 bhp and 355Nm and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the India-spec KA4 is expected to continue with the older 2.2-litre diesel engine developing around 200 bhp and 440Nm and paired to an eight-speed automatic.
The new Carnival will be offered in six different exterior paint schemes, including Ivory Silver, Snow White Pearl, Astra Blue, Pantera Metal, Aurora Black Pearl, and Ceramic Silver. Three interior themes include Taupe, Navy Grey, and Cotton Beige.
With the exterior being revealed just a few days ago, Kia has now revealed the interior and features of the facelifted Carnival MPV. The automaker has also unveiled the specifications for the facelifted model in Korea, where it will be offered with three engine options and three seating configurations. Also, Kia is now accepting pre-orders globally, with the India launch of the new-gen MPV slated for next year.
As for the interior, the two-tone cabin may appear identical to the third-gen model at first glance, but there are a few changes, including a rotary gear selector replacing the larger lever used in the the pre-facelift model. Moreover, it gets a curved display setup with two 12.3-inch screens for infotainment and an instrument panel, OTA updates, a head-up display, eight airbags, and Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA2) along with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Also inside the facelifted Carnival is a wireless charger, ambient lighting, digital IRVM (internal rear view mirror), multi-zone climate control, and a rear entertainment system that includes a 14.6-inch HD screen. Depending on the variant, the updated Carnival will be available overseas in three configurations: as a four-, seven-, or nine-seat model.