Since Kia released the fourth-generation Carnival almost three and a half years ago, it should come as no surprise that the minivan is already overdue for a facelift. The updated family hauler was spotted in South Korea while filming an advertisement. It will undoubtedly make its debut before the end of the year. It didn’t take long for someone to Instagram the grocery-getter and immortalize them in the era of cellphones and social media.
The 2025 Carnival is undergoing significant revisions for simply a mid-cycle redesign, in typical Kia flair. The headlights, which have a vague “T” shape, are completely new and adopt design elements from the company’s most recent EVs. It’s simple to discern that the grille has a new shape with a wider lower section than before while the pattern has been modified as well. We can’t tell for sure, but it looks as though the fog lights are no longer mounted in the bumper, which also gets a new look.
The shape looks virtually unchanged, as is typical for a facelift, though we can’t recall ever seeing those two-tone wheels before. The redesigned light bar allows the taillight clusters to likewise form a “T” and meet in the middle, mirroring the improvements made to the front lights. Readers with keen eyes will notice that the Kia badge has been shifted below and no longer cuts the light bar in half. The bumper has been altered, but nothing very noteworthy. It’s a minivan after all.
A pair of 12-inch screens, a new head-up display, fingerprint identification technology, and massaging seats sourced from the EV9 electric SUV are reportedly among the interior upgrades Kia hopes to make. We’ve heard that in addition to a hybrid powertrain, presumably taken from the Sorento, it will also have a more sophisticated semi-autonomous driving system. The SUV’s electric motor and turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine combine to produce 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton meters) of torque.
Expect a formal introduction in the coming weeks, potentially before the similar U.S.-spec vehicle in South Korea.