No hybrid, 4WD for 2021 Kia Carnival/Kia Sedona – Report

South Korean auto portal Autocast has dropped big news on the mechanical aspect of the next-generation Kia Carnival (Kia Sedona in global markets). The website has published that Kia Motors will not introduce a 4WD system or hybrid powertrain on its flagship minivan. These features were anticipated by the media seeing what products like the Toyota Sienna are doing for future-readiness and Hyundai Motor Group’s electrification drive of offering more hybrid and plug-in hybrid models than before in the way to its target of 44 electrified models by 2025.

As per Autocast, a Kia Motors official said this month (the best Korean translation available) –

Hybrid powertrains and four-wheel drive are not applicable to the fourth-generation Carnival. Carnival is structurally unsuitable for four-wheel drive, such as the lowest ground level (ground clearance), which is lower than the SUV, and the seat that fits completely flat on the floor.

Autocast hopes to get the exact reason why there is no hybrid, but reported that powertrains in the new car are 2.5-liter turbo gasoline and 2.2-liter diesel. Kia Motors has released photographs of two exterior angles of the 2021 Carnival, and the site goes on to report that the interior emphasizes on a luxurious feel in materials and design. The instrument panel has analog and digital type instruments. A digital cluster is applied to the upper trim, and an infotainment screen is connected for a singular design. The top-end Limousine variant of the new Carnival, says the site, is aimed at the luxury sedan market with a four-seater interior configuration.

Autocast concludes that the 2021 Kia Carnival is expected to be delivered to customers (in South Korea) in August, starting with bookings in July. However, Kia Motors is yet to confirm the schedule, only stating that it will be released in the third quarter of the year.

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