Kia has announced the global markets launch of its all-new 2022 Carnival Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) with its introduction to the US market.

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Styled at Kia’s California design studio, the Carnival gets a bolder, more SUV-like appearance and shares the visual language found on the brand’s recent line of utility vehicles, the Telluride, Sorento, and Seltos.

Inside, the centre fascia gets high-gloss black surfaces, with chrome garnish running the length of the dash enhancing the sense of space and openness in the forward cabin.

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Roomier and featuring more utility features, the three-row seven- or eight-passenger MPV has a decidedly more premium cabin too with multi-seating configurations, including flexible second-row seating and VIP Lounge Seating options.

Available heated and ventilated second-row VIP Lounge Seating with power controls, wing-out headrests and leg extensions in seven-passenger configuration.

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 “The Kia Carnival is here to disrupt a staid segment and proves once again what is possible when conventions are shattered,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America, Kia Motors America. “With its SUV-like character, our new multi-purpose vehicle delivers a combination of premium design, intelligent packaging, and an abundance of innovation in safety and technology. For these reasons, the Carnival is the first vehicle to proudly wear our all-new Kia badge and is a bold signal of things to come.”  The 2022 Carnival is underpinned by the same third-generation “N3” platform as the capable Sorento and sporty K5.

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Kia says the MPV is more capable than before thanks to the more powerful 3.5-litre V6, delivering best-in-class 290 horsepower and 3,500 pounds (1,587kg) of towing capability.

The 2022 Carnival will be offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige. This all-new MPV is expected to go on sale in various markets starting from the second quarter of this year onwards.