- Completely new 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine expected to generate more than 240-horsepower
- Short body version of the Carnival planned for introduction in early 2006
(SEOUL) February 11, 2005 -- Kia Motors Corporation today unveiled the all-new Kia Carnival (known as the ‘Sedona’ in some markets) MPV at the Chicago Auto Show. Already a popular choice for buyers looking for value, quality and safety, the completely redesigned minivan will offer more horsepower than its predecessor and will be substantially larger in all key dimensions, providing more passenger room and versatility. New features found on the all-new Carnival will include a standard fold-flat-into-the-floor third-row seat and available power-sliding doors and liftgate. The new Carnival is expected to go on sale in late 2005.
A short body version is planned for introduction in early 2006. While only the short body will be available in Europe, both the long body and short body Carnival will be sold in all other markets.
Utilizing an all-new platform, the new Carnival’s longer wheelbase and increased length and width contribute to the MPV’s nearly 15-percent improvement in passenger room over its predecessor. Fresh styling cues and additional standard and available equipment were designed to bolster the Carnival’s established position as a safety and value leader in the highly competitive MPV market.
“The Carnival was Kia’s second most popular export model in 2004, with 120,478 units shipped worldwide. As a highly strategic vehicle in our overall line-up, we paid very close attention to every detail during its redesign to make sure that the successor lives up to the tradition of its nameplate,” said Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors. “With its revamped styling and appearance, as well as performance and practical attributes such as horsepower, safety equipment and standard and available features, we expect the all-new Carnival to be remain a popular choice among the world’s MPV consumers,” he added.
Since its introduction in 2001, the Carnival has quickly gained recognition for its tremendous value and generous list of standard comfort, convenience and safety features. In addition to earning the U.S. federal government’s highest safety ratings -- Five Stars -- for the driver and front- and rear-seat passengers in both frontal and side impact crash tests, the Carnival has received quite an impressive list of accolades, including:
- AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award (2002)
- Sport Truck Connection Television’s "Best Van" (2002, 2003)
- Winner, Strategic Vision Total Value Index (2002, 2004)
Serving as Kia’s flagship safety vehicle, the original Carnival received the company’s first Five Star crash rating for each seating position from the U.S. government. The next-generation Carnival will continue Kia’s commitment to offering high levels of standard safety equipment, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, and full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows).
Sensors controlling the front supplemental restraints determine the position of the seat, whether the seat belt is buckled, whether the front passenger seat is occupied, and the severity of a frontal impact before deployment.
A four-channel, four-sensor, anti-lock brake system (ABS) is also standard. This system incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD), which helps to distribute braking force to all four wheels in proportion to weight shifts during cornering. The EBD adapts to individual wheel grip conditions, which helps to improve both control and stability.
Additional standard safety equipment will include a tire pressure monitoring system and active front seat headrests, while features such as an electronic stability program (ESP) and a traction control system (TCS) with brake assist will be available as part of an option package.
With increased horsepower and torque, the all-new Carnival offers competitive power and performance in the minivan segment. A completely new 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine is expected to generate more than 240-horsepower -- a 30-percent increase over the previous powerplant -- and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. The new aluminum block engine is mated to a five-speed Sportmatic™ transmission.
Despite its increase in size, the new Carnival is expected to be significantly lighter than the previous model when compared on an equally equipped basis. With more power, less weight and a new chassis with 4-wheel independent suspension, the next-generation Carnival is designed to be more rewarding to drive than its predecessor and its competitors.
The new Carnival’s four-wheel independent suspension system is comprised of MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front, while the rear suspension uses a multi-link design with coil springs and a stabilizer bar.
Stopping power has increased with the addition of a power-assisted four-wheel-disc braking system with larger diameter vented front disc brakes (11.7-in.) and solid rear disc brakes (11.9-in.).
Carnival models come with new, larger wheels and tires, including 16-inch steel wheels and 225/70 R16 tires or 17-inch alloy wheels fitted to 235/60 R17 tires.
Spacious, Adaptable and Comfortable
Competitively sized, the new seven-passenger Carnival’s generous dimensions and unibody construction boost both passenger and luggage space, and greatly improved ride and handling. Adding to the Carnival’s space and versatility, flip and fold second row seats provide easy access to third row seating and a new, simple-to-operate 60/40 split-folding into-the floor third row seat is standard on all models to create a larger flat cargo area when the seat is folded, and providing a large rear cargo area when the seat is deployed.
Available in two trim levels -- LX and EX -- the all-new Carnival maintains Kia’s tradition of high-value by offering a generous list standard features and amenities. Besides ABS, six airbags and a five-speed Sportmatic™ transmission, the Carnival LX also comes with tri-zone air conditioning, sliding door power windows, cruise control, AM/FM/CD player, captain’s chairs for the second row and keyless entry with an alarm system.
The Carnival EX adds a chrome grille, fog lights, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar, heated power mirrors, AM/FM/Cassette/MP3/CD stereo system, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power rear quarter glass, compass, roof rack and wood trim.
In addition to the LX and EX models’ standard equipment, the all-new Carnival will offer several option packages for maximum convenience and entertainment. These options include: leather seats with front seat heaters, seat and outside mirror memory settings for driver, backup warning system, power sliding doors, power liftgate, power adjustable pedals, power sunroof and a premium entertainment system featuring a DVD player and 11 speakers.
Editor’s note: Specifications and standard equipment may vary depending on country/region.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) -- the fastest growing automaker in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 16 manufacturing and assembly operations in 13 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries. Kia today has 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $14 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.