Kia unveils the all-new Carnival at New York Auto Show

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 by

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s premier urban playgrounds, Motors America (KMA) today took the wraps off the all-new Sedona (known as ‘Carnival in some markets) midsize multi-purpose vehicle  in New York City.  As the final chapter in ’s design-led transformation story – which began in 2009 and has seen a comprehensive makeover of ’s entire model line under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – the all-new Carnival’s styling and proportions offer all of the functional convenience of the segment while defying its design limitations.

2015 Kia Carnival front

Transcending mundane functionality, the Carnival’s wide stance exudes a modern exterior appearance highlighted by a front fascia and cab-forward design that project confidence and strength.  The Carnival’s muscular face and clean, smooth look is highlighted by a fully integrated version of Kia’s signature grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights.  The wheelbase is 1.6-inches longer than its predecessor, and the side profile, with its reduced front and rear overhangs, combines with the deeply swept windshield and available 19-inch alloy wheels to create a distinctive look.  Meanwhile, the rear design layout, with LED taillights, integrated bumper guard and standard roof spoiler, presents a broad, stable bearing.

2015 Kia Carnival interior

Despite its overall width and height remaining virtually unchanged, the all-new Carnival provides more front shoulder room, greater leg room in the front, second and third rows, as well as a slightly higher hip-point, improving outward visibility for the driver.  The horizontal design cues across the instrument panel create a greater sense of width, and the generous use of soft-touch materials adds to the all-new Carnival’s premium ambiance.  The Carnival’s proportions provide flexible seating in both seven- and eight-passenger configurations and a multitude of storage options.  The front center console is unique to the segment and allows for generous and cleverly convenient storage space between the front seats.  Second row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating slides and folds upright to allow for “on-the-go” cargo hauling while eliminating the hassle that comes with removing heavy and cumbersome middle seats.  The all-new Carnival also offers the choice of second row “First Class” lounge seating that can be positioned rearward for astonishing legroom and provides retractable lower leg rests.

2015 Kia Carnival side

The 2015 Carnival is built on an all-new chassis with static torsional stiffness that is 36-percent greater than its closest segment competitor.  The body is 76 percent Ultra High Strength Steel (press hardened) or High Strength Steel, which provides exceptional rigidity, durability and collision protection in a lightweight design. For enhanced roof strength, the Carnival has been engineered with reinforced pillars that distribute impact loads with ultra-high-strength steel tubes that run inside the A-pillars. Extensive use of adhesives and large diameter welds also add to Carnival’s overall structural integrity and strength.  Together with Kia’s patented technology, the 2015 Carnival is targeted to earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall vehicle safety rating.

2015 Kia Carnival rear

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