A Comprehensive Look at the 2024 Kia Carnival: Updates and New Hybrid Variant

Jacob Brooke
October 27, 2023

The 2024 Kia Carnival has recently been revealed in South Korea, boasting a refreshed design inspired by the EV9 electric SUV, and is set to arrive in Australia in the first quarter of the next year. The updated model showcases new styling cues from other latest Kia models such as the Picanto, Seltos, and Sorento, complemented by substantial interior and technology enhancements.

Image Courtesy: Kurdistan Automotive Blog
The 2024 Kia Carnival takes design cues from the EV9

Alongside the redesigned aesthetics, the Carnival introduces a hybrid version, comprising a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor. Although its availability in right-hand drive for Australia is yet to be confirmed, this addition signifies Kia's commitment to embracing more sustainable technology. The petrol V6 models, which had ceased orders, are anticipated to resume with the arrival of the updated model, maintaining its presence alongside the turbo-diesel variant.

Image Courtesy: Kurdistan Automotive Blog

With the introduction of new technology, a price increase is expected. To provide context, the base-model Carnival V6 petrol was priced at $51,690 drive-away before orders were halted. Notable exterior updates include a revamped front fascia with a reshaped grille, vertical headlights, redesigned 18-inch and 19-inch wheel options, and updated tail-lights that resemble the refreshed Seltos.

2024 Kia Seltos: Kia US

Exclusive to the South Korean market is the Gravity variant, featuring dark metallic and black exterior highlights, and the new Ivory Silver finish. Although interior images have not been released yet, spy photos indicate the adoption of dual 12.3-inch curved screens running Kia's latest 'ccNC' infotainment software, inclusive of over-the-air updates.

South Korean Reveal

In Australia, the current model is available with a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a smaller digital driver's display, as the 12.3-inch instrument cluster – set into the instrument binnacle, as opposed to the floating panel of the new model – was never offered.

Outgoing 2023 Kia Carnival - Kia Australia

The South Korean market will have the option of petrol, diesel, and the new hybrid models, the latter expected to output 169kW, mirroring the Sorento Hybrid, and featuring front-wheel drive.

The 2024 Kia Carnival is anticipated to arrive in Australian showrooms early next year, with more details to be disclosed closer to its launch.

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Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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