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The Kia Corp unveiled its multi-purpose (MPV) vehicle, the Kia Carnival, in 2021. Not quite a minivan, not quite an SUV, the Kia Carnival pushed Kia closer to the luxury vehicle segment. As the automaker continues to lean into battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and electrify old favorites, the Kia Carnival is joining the gang with a hybrid version of its own. Coming to 2024, the Kia Carnival Hybrid (HEV) is expected to be released in the summer, and based on the new and improved Kia Carnival original model, the HEV should be a sight to see.
For 2024, the Kia Carnival MPV will keep its same 3.5-liter V6 GDI engine, able to generate 287 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s a solid build for the MPV. When the Carnival HEV releases, things will be a little different. Not a plug-in hybrid, this vehicle can’t be recharged at a charging station or personal 120-volt outlet. Instead, the battery can only be charged via regenerative braking technology. One would think the kickback would eventually depreciate, but the Carnival comes with some new systems that can help improve performance and fuel economy.
Equipped with aerodynamic 17” wheels that will be exclusive to the Carnival HEV, that’s already a plus for the fuel economy. When the driver puts the vehicle into Eco/Smart mode, an Electrification-Vehicle Motion Control (E-VMC) can be activated via a paddle shift lever. This affects the amount of regenerative braking is applied with a three-level deceleration control, and can be adjusted according to the driver’s preferences. Always looking for ways to make BEVs more akin to performance cars, Kia has also added E-Handling to the Carnival HEV, designed to improve vehicle responsiveness and driver control when going around corners. Also specific to the 2024 Kia Carnival HEV is E-Ride, a system designed to increase ride comfort, even when going over bumps in the road. Entering Kia’s expanding suite of safety measures, the Carnival HEV also comes with E-Evasive Handling Assist, a system that can aid the driver and keep the vehicle under control during emergency steering.
Some of the latest advanced safety systems from Kia have made it into the Carnival, and will most likely be extended to the Carnival HEV. These include Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2), first introduced on the EV6, to help drivers when on the highway. Combining a couple of safety systems, HDA 2 uses Smart Cruise Control and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist to maintain a predetermined distance away from the vehicle detected in front, Lane Keeping Assist to keep the vehicle within detected lane markers on certain highways, and Lane Change Assist when making lane changes under certain conditions.
New Kia models are also seeing some incredible advancements to the dashboard and center console. Able to come equipped with a 12.3-inch cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment display, the driver has more than 24 inches of digital space to control the vehicle and keep an eye on diagnostics. The 2024 Kia Carnival will feature this available option, as well as a full-color head-up display, Kia’s Connected Car Rear Cockpit (ccRC) Rear Entertainment System, and Kia’s next-generation Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system. We would assume the same features would appear in the 2024 Kia Carnival HEV.
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