2015 KIA GRAND CARNIVAL
Set to replace the eight year old and still strong-selling model currently offered in Australia, Kia’s new van has been spied testing across the world over the past year.
As expected, these new teasers confirm that the new eight-seat Carnival will evolve Kia’s now familiar front-end look, while drawing on the style of the 2011 KV7 concept.
TMR’s earlier spy photos reveal a longer car-like bonnet than on the current model, boosting occupant and pedestrian protection in the event of a collision.
The new model’s front- and rear-end styling calls on the look of Kia’s latest models, including design boss Peter Schreyer’s “tiger nose” grille design.
Through the profile we see elements from the KV7 concept, including the tapered rear quarter window for a more sporting look, disguising the large MPV’s bulk.
The new Carnival will be a welcome addition to the company’s Australian line-up, with the current model’s sales year-to-date sales (end of March) down from 664 to 478.
In March alone, Kia Australia sold 184 Grand Carnivals, compared to 256 in March 2013.
On that front, the now segment-leading Odyssey badge has recorded 598 sales so far in 2014, compared to 263 for the same period in 2013.
For Kia, the all-new Rondo has added some much needed sales, growing to 145 year-to-date from 83 for the same period in 2013.