Warn other “minivans”?
Don’t call it a minivan – wait, where did i hear that before? (Click on the link, trust me, it’s worth it).
Either way, that silhouette is the 2022 Kia Carnival, the successor to the outgoing Sedona. It’s not a minivan, nor apparently a “large utility vehicle,” as Kia inexplicably attempted to present the South Korean version last year. The company opts this time for a multipurpose vehicle (MPV), which is undoubtedly a little more precise. Kia says Carnival follows the same “bold, boxy appearance” that defines Telluride, Sorento, and Seltos crossovers, but offers an alternative to those options without using the “m” word.
Style wise, you’ve got a pretty good idea if you’ve seen the South Korean debut. The US version will likely have some minor changes to comply with federal regulations. Overall, however, the teaser doesn’t show us much that we don’t already know.
Having said that, we to do have useful information specifically for the American market. In addition to “best-in-class cargo volume” and a host of driver assistance technologies, the 2022 Kia Carnival will feature a 290 horsepower V6 in this market. While their statement doesn’t go into details, we can assume that it will use the same 3.8-liter V6 engine as the Telluride. That means 14 more horsepower and an increase in torque compared to the older Sedona. Like both models, we also expect the Carnival’s engine to mate with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A question mark, however, is whether Kia will offer all-wheel drive. If so, the only rival that remains in the segment without this feature would be the Honda Odyssey.
Fortunately, we don’t have too long to wait for answers. Kia Carnival 2022 will officially make its US debut on Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. PST.