Future Models - Kia 2015 Carnival
New York show: Kia reveals Carnival attraction
Finally: Kia’s oldest model, the Grand Carnival, is set for replacement by this sleek new MPV to be shown at the New York motor show on April 16.
Roll up, roll up for the all-new Kia Grand Carnival at the New York auto expo
4 April 2014
SOUTH Korea’s fast-growing Kia Motors has given global car fans a look at an
all-new people-mover that almost certainly will emerge as the replacement for
the aging Grand Carnival in Australia from late this year or early 2015.
A dark and moody single image released by the company overnight shows the
strong Kia family resemblance on the front of the vehicle, which it calls
simply an “all-new Kia MPV” in the accompanying blurb that confirms the vehicle
will go on show at the New York motor show starting April 16.
But expect the vehicle to carry Carnival badges in Australia where the current
model was launched almost eight years ago and remains the only model yet to get
the company’s new look.
Called Sedona in North America, the vehicle will retain its family friendly
eight-seat configuration that, along with sharp pricing, has made it a
top-selling people-mover in Australia.
Kia promises the new car “will challenge the segment”, and offer “the
functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings
while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers”.
The latter reference indicates that Kia sees the new Carnival as an alternative
to SUVs for many families this time around.
As expected, the new Carnival looks nothing like the KV7 MPV concept unveiled
in 2011, as Kia design boss Peter Schreyer stated publicly that he was unhappy
with that design and sent it back to the drawing board at least twice.
As the concept shows, the new, third-generation model is much sleeker and more
contemporary than the current vehicle, giving it a great chance to recapture
the people-mover market leadership.
This year, the re-designed Honda Odyssey has grabbed the ascendancy, achieving
598 sales to the Carnival’s 478 to the end of March.
Traditionally one of Kia’s best sellers here, the Carnival has slipped to fifth
place behind the Rio, Cerato, Sportage and Sorento, all of which have been
given a full make-over under Schreyer’s guidance.