A first look at the cabin of the upcoming 2021 Kia Carnival has been released today, revealing a premium dash design for the big seven-seat people mover.
As with the incoming fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento, the new Carnival – also entering its fourth life cycle, 22 years in – will feature a pair of big 12.3-inch screens in the dash.
One will form the main display, with the other acting as an instrument display behind the steering wheel. The displays, although separate units, are linked by a single piece of glass that spans the width of the unit.
A smaller and more conventional LCD display sits above a set of permanent physical and touch-sensitive air-conditioning controls in the centre console.
The new Carnival's dash has much in common with that of the new Sorento, although the latter features a large, satin chrome-heavy garnish around the tall vents in the centre and at each end of the dash.
The Carnival, by comparison, leans towards a simpler and neatly hidden vent design set behind a slender satin chrome band.
Interior styling elements shown here are rounded out by a wide centre console, a shift-by-wire rotary gear selector dial with knurled texturing, and a broad elbow pad over the centre cubby.
Reclining 'captain's chairs' are described for the second row, with adjustable backrests, armrests and leg rests – although more interior images are still to come.
Kia promises a more spacious cabin with a 10mm-wider body (1995mm), a 30mm-longer longer wheelbase (3090mm) and a 30mm-longer rear overhang (1130mm) for the new Carnival, with an overall length growing 40mm to 5155mm.
For more on the new Carnival, check out our 2021 Kia Carnival revealed story, published in June.
When will the 2021 Kia Carnival come to Australia?
Kia's local arm is still to confirm timing for an Australian debut. The new Carnival will go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020, which will likely lead to an early 2021 debut for Australia.
The Carnival remains a strong seller in Australia, comfortably owning the people-mover segment.
In 2019, VFACTS data showed a total of 6493 registrations for the Carnival, compared to 1684 for the Odyssey. Others, like the Volkswagen Multivan, Hyundai iMax, LDV G10 Wagon and the iconic Toyota Tarago (now succeeded by the Granvia) all sold fewer than 1000 vehicles each for all of 2019.