After revealing the exterior design of the new 2024 Kia Carnival facelift, the South Korean automaker has now unveiled the interior images of the refreshed model.
The dual-tone interior may look quite familiar to the pre-facelift model, but there are some notable changes. To begin with, the gear lever has been replaced with a roatry gear selector. Then, the center console has been simplified by reducing the number of buttons. The touch panel for the climate controls is now same as in other recent Kia models, like the Sportage, Niro, and Sorento. Lastly, the infotainment system has also been updated.
Kia has not yet shared details regarding powertrain upgrade, although it confirms that the refreshed Carnival will be offered with a hybrid powertrain which will be sold alongside gasoline and diesel variants in South Korea.
Other mechanical changes include improved shock absorbers for a smoother ride and extra sound-deadening material for a quieter & more peaceful cabin.
In terms of tech, the updated Kia Carnival gets an improved digital key, better support for over-the-air updates, and a new head-up display. Kia is installing its Highway Driving Assist 2 system, which offers semi-autonomous driving assistance by keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, maintaining a preset speed, and centering the car in its lane. Compared to the first generation of the system, there is now a lane-change assist function as well. According to Kia, additional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are planned, too.
Kia will start accepting preorders of the new Carnival on November 8 in South Korea with deliveries likely to begin in early 2024. 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 wait & see when Kia is going to bring the Carnival facelift here.
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