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Kia’s new Carnival coming to town – bigger and better

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has revealed the interior of its upcoming Carnival with images showing the latest Korean specification.

It’s Kia’s fourth-generation flagship minivan – 22 years old! – that’s sold worldwide (including South Africa) – as the Kia Sedona… a model said to provide a spacious, comfortable, and futuristic environment for young families as well as a combination of innovation, flexibility and style.

Like its predecessors, the 2020 Carnival claims significant space for passengers in each of its three rows of seats. The cabin is also said to have better quality and design than its predecessor.

2020 KIA CARNIVAL. Image: Supplied

”The high-tech ambience,” Kia says, ”is most obvious in its wrap-around dashboard and cutting-edge in its array of features that includes dual-screen infotainment with haptic touch controls.”


The two displays, under one piece of glass, link Kia’s latest digital driver’s instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment and navigation system – each measuring 21cm diagonally.

The many infotainment functions can be controlled using touch-sensitive buttons around the screen or a similar panel, further down the centre console, for the aircon.

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A shift-by-wire dial for the transmission, set at the base of the centre console, is said to ”further express the new Carnival’s sense of technology and modernity”.

2020 KIA CARNIVAL. Image: Supplied

The Carnival’s 22-year heritage of space and versatility is continued, based this time around on a longer wheelbase, a longer rear overhang, and a wider body. ”The result,” Kia says, ”is more space for passengers in each of the three or four rows.”


Depending on market, the Carnival will have three- or four-row seating with space for seven, nine or 11 occupants. The popular seven-seat configuration includes the reclining ”captain’s chairs’’ second-row – ”adjustable back-, arm- and leg rests for business-class seating on long journeys”.

Second-row occupants will have back-of-seat USB chargers, storage nets for mobile devices, and a new storage drawer in the base of the rear console with a tray to store tablets or phones above a larger storage area.

The Carnival’s 30mm longer wheelbase (3090 mm) and 10mm wider body (1995mm) further enhance utility for families and professionals.

2020 KIA CARNIVAL. Image: Supplied

The overall length of the new Carnival is now 5155mm, with a 30mm longer rear overhang (now 1130mm) to give more space for third-row passengers and claimed best-in-class cargo/luggage space.

2020 KIA CARNIVAL. Image: Supplied

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