The Kia Carnival facelift has been launched in South Korea, which benefits from a range of visual and equipment enhancements. In its native market, the big MPV is available in seven-, nine- and eleven-seat configurations.

Design-wise, the Carnival gains a revised grille that is joined by new LED headlamps and “ice cube” style LED fog lamps. Lesser variants are equipped with halogen projector headlamps (with LED DRLs) and fog lamps instead.

At the back, there are new graphics of the LED taillight clusters, and depending on the number of seats, two different bumper designs. Eleven-seat versions will get a skid guard-esque look, while seven- and nine-seat models get a diffuser-like element with a more prominent reflector/rear fog lamp setup.

Power sliding rear doors continue to be available here, which can now be opened with a push of a button on the handle. Moving inside, the foot-operated parking brake has been replaced with an electronic one, there’s now an 8-inch touchscreen UVO 3.0 infotainment system and wireless smartphone charging.

Other available equipment includes an eight-speaker Krell premium sound system, surround view monitor and a 220-volt power port. The Kia Drive Wise safety and driver assistance system suite now has an adaptive cruise control function along with high beam assist, lane departure warning and front collision avoidance assistance.

Under the bonnet, the Korean-spec Carnival can be fitted with either a 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine with (202 hp and 441 Nm of torque) or a 3.3 litre GDI petrol with 280 hp and 336 Nm. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is now used instead of the previous six-speed unit.