A pair of months ago, we acquired a glimpse of a refreshed Kia Carnival that instructed it would be borrowing some style cues from the impending EV9 electric powered SUV and present-day Telluride gas-powered SUV. Thanks to just one of our spy photography resources, we have got another glance at a related prototype, and these cues obviously prolong to the again of the minivan, way too.
In a brief recap, the nose of the new Carnival characteristics some significantly unique headlights. In its place of the recent model’s compact headlights that blend into the grille, this prototype has comparatively huge vertically-oriented lights. The camouflage helps make it look like they’re L-shaped, but on the lookout carefully, the horizontal openings in the camouflage just display sheetmetal. These upright lamps will probably give the Carnival a far more blocky, far more SUV-like entrance end. There’s a really ornate grille poking by the coverings, as well, but we are not positive regardless of whether it is the real detail or a dummy to throw us off. It is really fairly elaborate, and when it arrives to Hyundai Motor Group products, wild parts can conveniently be manufacturing-all set.
Becoming a refresh, the midsection of the Carnival is mainly unchanged, and that provides us to the tail. Below, we do see L-shaped lights that are obviously relevant to the lights from the Telluride and EV9. Yet again, this will likely reinforce the spouse and children link to the SUVs and deemphasize the minivan-ness of the Carnival. The camouflage obscures most of the hatch, so it really is tricky to explain to if the lights are nevertheless related throughout the middle like the latest Carnival, but that would appear possible and give the Carnival a bit of lights uniqueness.
The Carnival is only just wrapping up its second model 12 months on sale in the U.S., so a facelift previously appears to be shortly, but not out of the concern. If it won’t launch this yr, it will most very likely be for the pursuing model 12 months. Reportedly, there is certainly a hybrid version coming, most likely with the refresh, to compete with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the Toyota Sienna (only offered as a hybrid now). The turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with all over 227 horsepower would be likely, considering that it can be shared with other Kia SUVs (Sportage and Sorento), and it would depart us wondering if a plug-in edition could also be supplied like individuals SUVs. Time will tell.