2019 Kia Carnival facelift revealed, V6 gets 8-speed auto

April 3, 2018

The facelifted Kia Carnival has been revealed at the New York auto show, in the form of the 2019 Kia Sedona. It features more safety technology, a revised look, and added convenience.

Badged as the Sedona overseas, the 2019 Carnival comes in for a facelift rather than a complete overhaul. At the front you might notice the new ice-cube-style LED daytime running lights, with more modern headlights, a fresh grille, and new-look combination taillights around at the back.

Other styling changes include a range of newly-designed alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 19 inches in size, along with some unique trimmings for the high-grade variant including skid plates, bumper highlights, and fog lights.

For the interior Kia has updated the dash with new graphics for the instrument cluster, added a wireless phone charger to the centre console and a new sunglasses holder, and an electronic park brake has been applied for most variants.

In the back, most models with electric-sliding doors are now fitted with a button on the door handle for easier operation. There’s also an optional rear seat entertainment package with 10.1-inch dual touch-screens, and a USB charge port has been added to the cargo area for added convenience.

The new model also receives a boost in safety, with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert now available. Blind-spot warning and forward collision-avoidance assist is also on offer.

As for the hardware, the biggest change is the introduction of an eight-speed automatic for the 3.3-litre naturally aspirated V6 model. This replaces the six-speed auto currently featured. The V6 engine produces 206kW and 336Nm, while the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is set to carry over unchanged as well, producing 147kW/440Nm.

Kia Australia is yet to finalise specifications for the local version but it is expected to go on sale later this year. Prices will be announced closer to launch.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.