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First look: Kia Carnival in the metal

Super size me: Kia's longer and wider new Carnival.

Kia reveals the next generation Carnival at the Chicago motor show

16 Feb 2005

FIRST came last week’s sketch and now Kia has unveiled the next generation of its all-conquering Carnival people-mover in the metal at this week’s Chicago motor show.

Continuing to be dubbed Sedona in the US and European markets, the larger new Carnival will be powered by a muscular new 3.8-litre DOHC V6 producing 180kW and 340Nm of torque.

It’s expected on sale in Australia around November and may be joined in mid-2006 by a longer-bodied version with more room behind the flat-into-floor-folding third row of seats.

Importantly, Kia plans to continue the $29,990 price and equipment position that’s made it both an alternative to Falcon and Commodore wagons and Australia’s most popular people-mover.

The current model, on sale here since 1999, is expected to continue with driveaway pricing until its replacement goes on sale following its Australian International Motor Show debut.

Riding on a longer wheelbase, the longer and wider new Carnival is claimed to offer a 15 per cent larger interior, along with four-wheel independent suspension, a five-speed auto and a healthy standard equipment list in the US.

This list includes six airbags, ABS with EBD, a tyre pressure monitor, active front head restraints, tri-zone air-con, power windows and cruise control. Options should include leather trim, power sliding doors and tailgate, plus stability and traction control.

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