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by Tim Beissmann

The successor to the Kia Grand Carnival has been teased in an official design sketch, giving us our first clear look at the styling of the new-generation people-mover.

The all-new eight-seater will debut at this month’s New York auto show before going on sale in Australia at the end of 2014.

Kia’s full-size people-mover is the last vehicle to be completely redesigned under the South Korean brand’s modern design language.

Kia’s now-signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits prominently at the front flanked by sweeping headlights embedded with L-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Like the smaller Rondo MPV, the new van boasts a significantly more aerodynamic appearance than its predecessor, featuring a heavily raked windscreen for a less boxy look.

Just visible in the design sketch is the people-mover’s side styling, which features large sliding rear doors and wraparound glass at the rear in place of traditional D-pillars.

Kia Carnival 3

There are rumours that Kia is planning to give the large van a new name, moving away from the Carnival/Grand Carnival moniker used in Australia and the Sedona badge in the US.

Prototypes of the new model have been spied testing both in Sydney’s western suburbs, in Victoria, and in the US, as the car maker readies it for a number of markets around world.

It’s expected to be offered with revised 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel and 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines, and like all Kias sold in Australia will have locally tuned steering and suspension designed to satisfy the unique demands of Australia’s roads and driver preferences.

The New York auto show kicks off on April 16.




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