Kia Carnival was launched in India at the Auto Expo 2020 in the month of February. Much time has not passed and there already is an update in the pipeline. The official images of the new Kia Carnival 2021 are out revealing all the relevant changes. Kia, however, will sell the car only in the international market as of now and bring the car to India only in or after 2021.

Kia Carnival 2021

The new Kia Carnival has been dubbed the ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’ with major exterior and interior changes.  This will be the fourth generation Carnival offered from Kia.

Exterior Changes

The third-generation Kia Carnival looked like conventional MPVs and much like a Toyota Innova. The fourth-generation Kia Carnival however has a bold look attached to it. Coming straight to the front you observe a lot of SUV styling elements present on the new Kia Carnival. Round and soft lines are a thing of the past and have been replaced by squared and strong lines. The front grille also known as the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille looks inspired from the Seltos and fits the brand image of Kia better. Sleek new headlamps and LED DRLs make a welcome appearance. Kia has also added a chrome finish to the lower air intake and a faux skid plate makes the car quite similar to an SUV.  The older Carnival had a good enough road presence but the newer generation is definitely ahead.

Kia Carnival 2021 front

19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels in contrary to the 18-inch ones are a welcome addition. At the rear, the all-new Kia Carnival incorporates LED taillights joined by a large LED bar.  A prominent sharp line runs across the side of the car which also has an Island Roof installed on it as dubbed by Kia.

What about the interiors?

Kia Carnival spy shot-1

Official pictures revealed recently only showcase the exteriors of the car. Spy pics, however, show a completely redesigned dashboard, a fully digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system. Dual-tone roof setup will also be provided in the new car by Kia. Multiple seat layouts will be made available in the new car according to the market needs. Expect seating configurations like 4/6/8/9 to make an appearance here.

Will the new Carnival be larger?

Kia Carnival 2021 rear

Currently, no official information about the dimensions of the car has been released.  Sources, however, hint towards a longer wheelbase of the new generation Carnival than the current generation Kia Carnival. Interior Space and Comfort has also been improved in this iteration.

Engine and Performance

Kia Carnival engine
third-generation engine

Three engine options may be made available by Kia depending upon the market

  • 2.2-litre Diesel Engine which produces around 197hp and a peak torque of 440Nm.
  • 2.5-litre Turbo Petrol engine from the Kia Sorento which produces a maximum power output of 280hp and a peak torque of 420Nm.
  • A 1.6-litre hybrid petrol engine producing 226bhp and 350Nm of torque.

Launch in India of Kia Carnival 2021

The Kia Carnival third generation was just launched in India during the Auto Expo 2020 in February. However, the same car has been on sale from 2014 in the international markets.  As a result, the fourth-generation Kia Carnival will only be launched and sold in Korea as of now. But don’t get disheartened, Kia due to its success and demand in India is said to launch the fourth generation Kia Carnival in India by 2022. If you are planning to buy an SUV-ish MPV and can wait, we would recommend you to check out the fourth-generation Kia Carnival.


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