With two new 12.3-inch digital screens facing the driver now, the 2021 Kia Carnival's interior is nothing short of a revolution!
Last month, Kia had dropped the first set of images of the all-new 2021 Carnival that will debut in its home market in Q3 2020. Now, building up to its global premiere, Kia has revealed the first look of the interior of the new 'Grand Utility Vehicle' and has also shed some details about the updated model's dimensions.
Unlike the exterior design that features some evolutionary changes, the interior of the 2021 Carnival is nothing short of a revolution. The updated model's interior has been completely redone, and there are barely any similarities between the new and old cabin. The most striking change is the new screen setup, made up of two 12.3-inch units placed in the same housing. As a result, the instrument cluster and the infotainment command centre feel like a single screen. The AC vents are joined by a single chrome strip running through the middle, giving the cabin a more elegant and less cluttered look. Speaking of less cluttered, the HVAC and infotainment controls have also been replaced by new touch surface controls.
A new three-spoke steering wheel, new door handles, and a rotary knob gear selector, replacing the conventional gear shifter, all work together to give the 2021 Carnival's interior a very upmarket feel. This is something missing in the current-gen Kia Carnival on sale in India. The interior of the current model is top-quality and functional no doubt, but the design simply feels and looks dated.
In terms of size, the new Carnival will be 40mm longer, 10mm wider, and will have 30mm longer wheelbase. So, expect the cabin to offer more space than before. Plus, when it goes on sale in Korea, it will be offered in 7-, 9- and 11-seat configurations.
However, folks in India will have to wait a while to experience the new-gen model. Don't expect the new model to arrive here anytime before 2022.