Throughout its world debut final summer time, we discovered a very good deal about Kia’s new minivan earlier than we discovered its identify, and the South Korean automaker simply launched full particulars. For 2022, the Sedona is reborn because the Carnival, a reputation used globally prior to now and now additionally within the U.S. The brand new minivan wears beefy, SUV-like styling and will get a brand new engine, upgraded multimedia system and extra security options. It’s additionally the primary Kia to put on the automaker’s new badge.
The 2022 Carnival might be provided in LX, EX, SX and SX-Status trim ranges and can go on sale within the second quarter of the yr. Listed below are 5 necessary takeaways:
1. Extra Energy
When the Korean model debuted in August, we reported that the mannequin would have three out there powertrains — a pair of three.5-liter V-6s in addition to a smaller 2.2-liter diesel engines — however we didn’t know which might make it stateside. It seems the only engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 290 horsepower and three,500 kilos of towing functionality. The current Sedona makes use of a 276-hp, 3.3-liter V-6. There’s no phrase but on gas financial system estimates. Just like the Sedona, the brand new Carnival might be front-wheel drive solely.
2. Extra Seating Choices and Room
Whereas the brand new Carnival received’t have the fourth row out there in some markets, the minivan does supply extra cargo room and passenger house, and it will get some new seating options to make it extra versatile. Just like the Sedona, the Carnival is accessible in seven- and eight-passenger variations with second-row captain’s chairs or a three-position bench.
The Slide-Flex second-row system is accessible on eight-passenger variations of the minivan, and it makes the second row’s center seat extra versatile — it might probably slide ahead, permitting the entrance passenger to entry it (and the kid using in it) simpler. The system sounds just like the 2021 Honda Odyssey’s Magic Slide system, however with a twist: Within the Carnival, the center seat additionally converts to a desk.
In variations with second-row captain’s chairs, there’s additionally the VIP Lounge Seating possibility, with energy controls, heated and ventilated seats, wing-out head restraints and pop-out leg extensions for lounge-like seating. That is just like a function we’ve seen (albeit with handbook controls) in past versions of the Sedona.
For carrying cargo, the second-row seats are detachable (besides within the SX-Status trim), a performance absent in the outgoing Sedona, and the third row folds into the ground for a flat loading house.
3. Extra Household-Pleasant Goodies
With updates to the opposite main gamers within the minivan class bringing extra family-friendly options, equivalent to Chrysler’s new FamCam in-cabin camera, Kia must hold as much as keep enticing to households. The brand new Carnival provides a few new options that just do that (minus the catchy names).
A brand new rear-passenger-view digicam permits first-row occupants to keep watch over the youngsters in again by means of an in-cabin digicam system. Kia says it incorporates a zoom operate and night time imaginative and prescient. It goes together with the brand new Passenger Speak system, which amplifies the voices of first-row occupants so these in again can hear. Each options are customary on EX, SX and SX-Status trims.
Final, and maybe annoyingly, is a voice-recognition system that enables second-row occupants to regulate a number of features utilizing voice instructions as soon as they press a button on the ceiling. Just like the in-cabin digicam, the function is customary on EX SX and SX-Status trims.
4. Extra Screens
The Carnival comes customary with an 8-inch touchscreen show with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Uplevel variations will get the newest model of Kia’s multimedia system and have two 12.3-inch screens within the cabin, with the digital driver instrument cluster related to the touchscreen below a steady piece of glass.
In again, an out there dual-screen leisure system options wi-fi display mirroring off an Apple or Android machine. As huge followers of the Chrysler Pacifica’s Uconnect Theater twin rear-screen leisure system, we’re to see how Kia’s measures up. It’s customary on SX and SX-Status trims.
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5. Extra Security Options
Like its opponents, the Carnival comes with a number of normal security options: computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go functionality, lane hold help, computerized lane-centering steering, a driver consideration warning system, blind spot detection with braking and steering intervention, and rear cross-traffic alert and intervention.
As well as, the Carnival gives extra security options such because the Secure Exit Help system, which makes use of radar to detect oncoming visitors and might stop a rear door from opening if an approaching automobile or bicycle is detected.
There’s additionally the blind spot view monitor that’s provided on different Kia automobiles. It tasks the view from adjoining lanes within the instrument cluster when a flip sign is engaged. And the rear-seat alert system makes use of ultrasonic sensors to detect youngster or pet motion within the second and third rows after the doorways have been locked; if motion is detected, the system sounds the horn and illuminates the hazard lamps.
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