More than 3 years after the introduction of the 4th generation Carnival luxury MPV, Kia is now set to launch the facelift which was recently spotted undisguised somewhere in its home market.
The refreshed Kia Carnival has a fascia that more closely resembles that of its SUV stablemates, with a set of headlamps that are positioned more vertically and T-shaped LED DRLs that are similar to those on the new Sorento facelift. The former arrangement of a lower intake and side inlets in the bottom area of the fascia has been replaced by a single lower inlet design.
At the back, the Carnival facelift’s tail lamp arrangement mirrors the design of its headlamps with its vertical portions that connect to the full-width light bar right below the rear screen, The tailgate’s rear license plate mount appears to have been lowered a bit, and the scalloped piece, which typically spans the width, is different in shape from the trapezoidal section on the current pre-facelift model.
A new set of alloy wheels featuring sort of a geometric pattern is also evident in the pictures. Although interior pictures aren’t yet available, it is anticipated to have some minor equipment and design tweaks, particularly with the infotainment system.
Kia in Pakistan was quick to launch the new Carnival just months after its global debut, thanks to it being a CBU-imported model. Otherwise, we generally have to wait for a vehicle to retire from global markets before it’s eligible to be launched as a locally assembled vehicle here. Let’s see when Kia is going to bring the Carnival facelift here. Launch in its home market of South Korea is likely to take place either towards the end of this year or early next year.
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