Kia Carnival: new generation released locally
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1st March, 2015
- Sleek new model blends style and practicality
- Stronger body shell for improved safety, refinement, ride and handling
- Versatile interior
- Enhanced petrol and diesel engines
The exciting all-new third generation Kia Carnival has arrived!
Featuring a bold and distinctive CUV-style (cross-over utility vehicle) design and a higher quality interior, the new
Carnival offers both greater use of space and a range of safety and convenience features not seen in the model
“This is a car that changes the landscape for people movers, MPVs, CUVs - whatever you want to call them,” Kia
Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “It is a genuine eight-seat vehicle that can take both passengers and
their luggage in comfort and safety.”
Mr Meredith said that early interest in the new Carnival had been exceptional from private, fleet and rental buyers.
“Across the board, this car is creating waves of interest and enquiry.”
As a stylish new entrant into the people mover category, Carnival offers greater luxury and sophistication and more
power than the outgoing model, while providing seating for up to eight occupants. The new model is designed to appeal to
style-conscious buyers of all ages who enjoy an active lifestyle.
CUV styling with MPV practicality
Completely redesigned, and built on an all-new chassis, the new Carnival introduces a wider-looking stance, a clean
profile with CUV style, and Kia’s typically bold ‘face’.
The new model was designed to offer a modern interpretation of the practical and versatile MPV, with a look that
combines the on-road presence of a CUV with the luxury of a sedan. The new Carnival’s exterior styling was led by Kia’s
Korean design centre in Namyang.
The front of the new Carnival incorporates a wide, upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with wrap-around headlamps and
prominent, framed fog lamps – giving the car a more modern, imposing appearance than its predecessor.
The distinctive ‘diamond’ pattern grille, first featured on the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept, will set the Platinum grade
apart from the pack while the SLi grade gets a chrome highlight on black bar design with S and Si models featuring a
black bar design.
In profile, the new model’s more upright grille is accompanied by a smoother, more swept-back silhouette than the
second-generation model, with a long bonnet and an all-round glass area which rises gently, before narrowing after the
C-pillar. The car’s sportier, horizontal shape is aided by a strong crease that runs along the length of the car, more
sculpted surfaces, and a small rear spoiler, ensuring the car conveys a more dynamic appearance than its predecessor.
The rear of the Carnival further emphasises the car’s solid appearance – with wide rear lamps, broad metal surfaces
and a glass-area shaped to give the car more prominent ‘shoulders’.
The Carnival’s sleeker profile is achieved with a longer wheelbase (+40 mm to 3,060) from its new chassis and lowering
the overall height of the vehicle (-55 to 1,755 with standard roof rails), introducing a higher degree of refinement and
sophistication. The car is the same width as the outgoing model (1,985 mm), and is also shorter (-15 mm to 5,115 mm).
Interior design influenced by air travel
The interior of the new Carnival is a ground-up new design, with a sophisticated, luxurious cabin made up of higher
quality materials and premium features and technology.
The new model’s cabin was styled by Kia’s North American design studio in Irvine, California, and takes ergonomic cues
from luxury sedan cars, with a wide, wrap-around dashboard angled slightly towards the driver.
The dashboard offers a feeling of spaciousness in the cabin, with an emphasis on wide, horizontal forms to provide a
modern look, echoed in the shape of the instrument cluster, fascia and highlights that run across the full length of the
Designers cite air travel as a key influence behind the design and lay out of the cabin, with elegant individual seats
for front and second row passengers and overhead consoles and air conditioning vents to ensure maximum utility and
comfort for all.
The two-tone interior features a higher proportion of soft-touch materials and extends from the dashboard into the
door trims, providing a premium ambience and consistent design throughout the cabin.
In a major styling change, Carnival for Australia will feature a classy two-tone light/dark grey interior leather trim
in SLi and Platinum grades and stain resistant grey cloth with black contrast dash in the S and Si models.
Flexible interior space
Despite the Carnival’s slightly reduced height and length, the new model benefits from greater interior capacity than
the outgoing vehicle, with a longer wheelbase and a range of intelligently-designed features to ensure a more efficient
and flexible use of space for all occupants. The Carnival majors on practicality and versatility with numerous variations
available within the basic eight seat configuration.
The 8-way power-assisted driver’s seat is engineered with a number of features to improve comfort, including four-way
lumbar support in the Platinum model (two-way in SLi), while the front passenger seat also benefits from eight-way power
adjustment. For the range-topping Platinum model ventilated and heated seats are standard.
The new Carnival outboard second row seats have armrests on the outboard side, similar to an aircraft seat. A 60:40
split-folding third row of seats completes the interior package – the third row is able to fold completely flat to
provide a large cargo area. The centre seat in the second row can be removed or simply folded down to provide additional
cup holder storage for rear passengers.
A feature of the new Carnival is the innovative ‘Stand-up’ seats in the second row, which allows the base cushion to
fold forward and the rest of the seat to slide forward and ‘stand up straight’, allowing easier access to the third row
in the back.
Additional storage space in the cabin is particularly generous, with a large storage area under the front armrest to
accommodate items as large as a laptop. The front passenger has access to two gloveboxes for added utility, as well as a
small document-sized tray built into the centre console. Similar compartments can be found further back in the cabin for
rear occupants, ensuring every passenger has access to ample storage space for maximum comfort and convenience.
With a longer wheelbase in the third-generation Kia Carnival, passenger space is increased over the outgoing model.
Legroom increased for all passengers, while lowered seat cushions counteract the loss in headroom resulting from the 20
mm lower roofline. The shape of the roof – which no longer slopes gently into the tailgate – also ensures that third row
occupants enjoy greater headroom than before.
The cargo area grows by 77 litres to 960 litres (SAE) behind the third row of seats. This grows to 2,220 litres behind
the second row and 4,022 litres when all rear passenger seats are stowed. Despite the lower roofline, the shape of the
tailgate also enables a taller cargo opening height for the cargo bay.
Modern technology for a more luxurious cabin
The new Carnival is equipped with a range of advanced on-board technologies designed to improve the car’s capabilities
and owner and occupant satisfaction.
A hands-free Smart Power Tailgate automatically opens when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, so
owners can load their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle, while the Carnival’s two power-sliding
rear doors also open at the touch of a button located on the driver’s overhead console on SLi and Platinum.
The entry-level S model will feature a 3.5-inch mono LCD screen located between two analogue dials in the centre of
the instrument binnacle, displaying major trip computer information in one place, including average and instant fuel
consumption data, distance to empty and outside temperature. For Si and SLi models a Premium 3.5-inch OLED instrument
cluster offers additional information, including digital speedometer, service schedule and an array of user selectable
options such as headlamp escort function. The Platinum grade will highlight a 7-inch colour TFT LCD screen, with an
electro-luminescent instrument cluster and digital speedometer, further improving the interior’s modern function and
ambiance, while displaying all relevant journey information which the driver can select from the multi-function steering
The Carnival comes standard with a six-speaker audio unit with a 4.3 inch colour TFT LCD display featuring a rear-view
camera display with guide lines. The unit is compatible with Apple devices and features a My Music function with a 750mb
drive to save and play MP3 audio files.
For the Si, SLi and Platinum grades the head unit is an 8-inch TFT LCD touch screen with satellite navigation, rear
view camera display, DVD player (for use when stationary) and comes with Kia’s SUNA real-time traffic information and
MapCare complimentary updates through the first two services.
Comfort and convenience features
As well as offering an efficient use of space for occupants, the Carnival is equipped with a number of comfort and
In the front row, a convex conversation mirror, positioned within the overhead console, allows the driver and front
passenger to see what’s happening behind them, while giving the car a more social atmosphere.
Other features, depending on grade, include a heated steering wheel; cooled glove box; Smart Cruise Control (which
maintains a safe distance from the car in front); front parking assistance; tilting and telescopic steering wheel
adjustment; and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The tri-zone air condition allows for individual settings for the driver and front row passenger while the second and
third row passengers have a separate zone which can be controlled from the second row. These controls can be locked out
or over-ridden from the main front console. Built-in sunshades for second and third row seating also improve passenger
There are numerous storage spaces throughout the cabin for greater practicality, including a large centre console
storage, slide-open tray in the second row, and seat-back pockets. Spread throughout Carnival are 10 cup holders and four
The spacious cargo area on Platinum models is also fitted with a detachable flashlight, which can be mounted in the
cargo side wall socket to recharge and provide luggage lighting, or be removed altogether for a portable light.
Every Carnival model equipped with fabric seating is upholstered in Yes Essentials stain resistant upholstery
repelling liquids which can be easily wiped away if noticed immediately, and releasing stains more easily than
traditional seating fabric when scrubbed gently with soap and water – ideal for spillages that many Carnival owners may
expect from younger passengers.
New levels of refinement for Carnival occupants
The all-new Kia Carnival features a number of improvements over the outgoing model to enhance noise, vibration and
harshness (NVH) characteristics for a more refined cabin.
The increased torsional rigidity of the new body shell (up by 74% compared to
the outgoing model) provides an improved foundation for enhanced refinement and improved safety.
Thicker soundproofing material has been added to the wheel arches and around the engine bay, while new under-floor
panels better isolate the cabin from road and wind noise. A new floor carpet material further reduces the level of noise
inside the cabin, while wind noise is reduced in the new model as a result of repositioned windscreen wipers. As a result
of these changes, the cabin of the new Carnival is now 2.5 dB quieter than the outgoing model, and is refined at high
speeds and over long distances.
Improved fuel economy and performance from gasoline and diesel engines
The new Carnival will offer a pair of strong engine packages, a 3.3-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol
engine and the proven 2.2-litre R Series diesel already a firm favourite in the outgoing model. For the new model, both
units have been engineered for greater efficiency and performance and, combined with the standard six-speed automatic
transmission, ensure smooth application of power for a relaxing drive.
Kia’s powerful Lambda II 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine has benefited from a new low friction oil seal and chain guide
reducing mechanical friction and minimising energy loss through inertia. A three-stage variable intake system allows
greater control of the amount of air entering the combustion chamber, further aiding efficiency. The 3.3-litre GDI
produces 206kW and 336Nm ensuring a relaxed drive even with a full load.
If it is even more available grunt that you are looking for the 2.2-litre four-cylinder ‘R’ turbodiesel engine uses a
DOC (diesel oxidation catalyst) to regulate emissions, while a low-speed, high-efficiency turbocharger improves
performance and torque output at low-to-mid engine speeds. The 2.2-litre engine now produces 147kW and a significant
440Nm from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm, the engine range most commonly used by owners. NVH is also improved thanks to the addition
of new acoustic covers for the engine block, diesel particulate-filter and drive chain case and a new sprocket rubber
The Carnival applies power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can switch to a
sequential manual shift mode for even greater driving control, while the Carnival is equipped with a switchable ‘Active
Eco’ drive mode. When activated, this automatically adjusts engine power, reprogrammes the transmission’s shift points,
and limits the power of the heating and ventilation systems in order to maximise fuel efficiency.
Improved ride comfort and high performance dampers
As with all Kia models for Australia, the ride and handling characteristics were examined, experienced and fine-tuned
by KMAu’s local ride and handling team to ensure the most suitable package for Australian families.
The new model carries over the previous-generation’s MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension.
However, the adoption of a hydraulic rebound spring on the front axle and stiffer suspension bars and cross-member bush
mountings on the rear enhance ride comfort and stability by improving bump absorption and suspension rebound rates.
Extensive tuning work on Australian roads ensures the optimum ride comfort over even the most broken-up of Australia’s
roads while ensuring confidence inspiring handling.
Greater passive and active safety
The new Carnival features a stronger structure than the outgoing model, with improved crash safety performance, due in
large part to a far greater proportion of ultra-high tensile steel – up from 7% of the body shell in the outgoing model to
a significant 52% in the all-new Carnival. A stronger core structure increases torsional rigidity by 74%, with the higher
tensile strength steel used to reinforce the engine bay, A-, B-, C- and D-pillars, roof, rear subframe and floor.
Careful application of the stronger steel, and newly-engineered crash structures throughout the vehicle, effectively
lower the body shell weight while ensuring greater safety.
The amount of applied structural adhesives has also been increased sixty-fold in the third-generation car, while 830
stronger large-diameter welding points (the previous model employed only general welding points) further improve body
shell and chassis strength.
Carnival owners will have the comforting assurance of a range of standard active safety technologies, including six
airbags (front to rear coverage), eight three-point seat belts, Electronic Stability Control (incorporating ABS, TCS,
Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Roll Over Mitigation) and rear parking sensors. For Platinum
owners the suite of active safety features expands even further with Smart Cruise Control, Front Parking Assist (SLi and
Platinum), LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System), BSD (Blind-Spot Detection); LCA (Lane Change Assist), which alerts the
driver to vehicles approaching from the rear at high speeds in adjoining lanes; HBA (High Beam Assist) and RCTA (Rear
Cross-Traffic Alert), which warns against other cars driving behind the Carnival in car parks.
Due to the absence of second row seatbelt reminders, a feature which became an ANCAP critical feature on 1st January
2015, the new Carnival will initially be eligible for a maximum 4-star ANCAP rating. Kia Motors Australia expects the
second row seatbelt reminder to be in the Carnival from June production.
The Carnival has already been named as a “Top Safety Pick” by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The all-new Kia Carnival prices*:
The 3.3-litre GDI (petrol engine) pricing* is:
The 2.2-litre CRDI (diesel engine) pricing* is:
Premium paint (optional on all models) $695*
* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as
on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are