All-new Kia Carnival Product Information

Tuesday, 3 March 2015
  • Sleek, sophisticated new model blends style and practicality
  • Stronger bodyshell for improved safety, refinement, ride and handling
  • High-quality, versatile interior inspired by first class air travel
  • Choice of two enhanced petrol and diesel engines

The Seekers may have sung that The Carnival Is Over, but the truth is that it is just getting started with the arrival of the exciting all-new third generation 2015 Kia Carnival.

Featuring a bold and distinctive CUV-style (crossover utility vehicle) design and substantially 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 previously.

“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 for 2015, and built on an all-new chassis, the 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 emphasizes 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 first class 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 dashboard.

Designers cite first class air travel as a key influence behind the design and layout 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, creating 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 cupholder 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 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 wheel.

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 guidelines. 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 convenience features.

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 comfort.

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 bottle holders.

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 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 bodyshell (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 supremely 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 benefitted from a new low friction oil seal and chain guide reducing mechanical friction and minimizing 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 harmful 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 coating.

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, reprograms the transmission’s shift points, and limits the power of the heating and ventilation systems in order to maximize 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 bodyshell 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 bodyshell 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 bodyshell 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 neighboring 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 January 1, 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.

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