• At the Chicago car show today, Kia released the 2025 Carnival’s US specs.
  • The minivan has had a unique redesign, and now there is a new hybrid model with 242 hp that blends an electric motor with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • The panel has also been changed. The 2025 Carnival goes on sale this summer.

Kia showed off the revised 2025 Carnival to the Korean market in October. Based on the 2025 Kia Sorento has new front and back looks. Kia announced at the 2024 Chicago car show that the new minivan will be sold in the US this summer. The biggest news is that the Carnival will now come in four of five trim levels with a new hybrid version. It will also look better and have bigger screens.

In 2025, Kia Carnival will release a hybrid model with 242 HP and a more angular look

The hybrid powertrain will be offered in the EX, SX, and top-of-the-line SX Prestige. The LXS will get the best gas mileage. The Carnival HEV has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox that makes 72 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque. Kia will keep offering the 3.5-liter V-6 at all levels, even though the company says it has 287 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, which is three horsepower and two pound-feet less than what they said they would have for the 2024 model. Both sets of wheels power the front wheels.

The hybrid version has special 17-inch wheels, three regenerative braking settings, and Kia’s E-Handling technology, which speeds up or slows down the electric motor to try to make the handling better. You can also get a system called “E-Ride,” which lessens the effect of bumps by speeding up or slowing down the e-motor and using specially tuned shocks. In addition, these gadgets work with the mysterious assist system to help the driver keep control of the car during emergency moves.

As seen on the Korea-spec model before, the Carnival gets new lights that are shaped like an upside-down L. The front and back ends have been changed, and the grille is now bigger than it was before. In addition, the license plate housing was moved down, and wheels with widths between 17 and 19 inches are now available. Roof rails, skid plates, the C-pillar, the grille, and the wheels on limited edition Kia cars are all darker on the outside.

On the inside

These days, the climate controls are not part of the center console. On the hybrid model, the center console has a rotary gear selector instead of a standard lever. The seating arrangements have also been changed inside the cabin. The normal 8.0-inch touchscreen has been swapped out for a 12.0-inch one. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment screen are still available but come in a new shell. A full-color head-up display that you can choose to have comes with a digital rearview mirror and navigation.

The company Kia says there are two power outlets and seven USB-C ports inside. There are LEDs in the seatbelt buckle that light up at night, making it easier to find the connection point. If the voice comes from the first or second row, a new voice recognition system can open windows and change the temperature. The voice order can also be used to put the back seats into “relaxation mode” if the Carnival has the VIP Lounge Seat package.

A new working system from Kia called Connected Car Navigation Cockpit is used in the Carnival. Kia says the system will run faster and that you can now easily get to tools you use often by swiping the screen. People in the back can also enjoy a brand-new optional rear entertainment system with two 14.6-inch screens. This system can stream movies, pair with Bluetooth headphones, and mirror pictures from devices via an HDMI connector.

With Kia’s digital key, drivers can also use their phone as a virtual key without ever taking it out of their bag. The key can also be texted to other people by the driver. The Carnival will also get a better safety package in 2025. This will include Highway Driving Assist 2, a system that keeps the car in the lane a set distance behind the car in front of it on certain roads. Along with that, it can help you change lanes sometimes.

The 2025 Carnival will be for sale this summer. The prices should be made public in the coming months, but they will not go up by much from the base price of $34,995 for the 2024 model. The hybrid will cost about $2,000 more than the basic gas-only car.

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