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Updated 2024 Kia Carnival pricing for Australia revealed in reports, soon-to-launch LDV Mifa and Hyundai Staria rival set for price jump

Following the facelifted Carnival, a hybrid version of the people mover will follow later.

Pricing for the upcoming updated version of the Kia Carnival has been published to new car information database RedBook, suggesting Kia has locked in pricing for the people-mover ahead of its imminent release.

The 2024 Kia Carnival will soon arrive and (likely) continue to top the people mover sales charts ahead of the LDV Mifa and Hyundai Staria. The facelift appears to feature a line-up that, while different in names, carries on the five-trim, two-engine range of ten variants - that is before a hybrid version of the van arrives later this year.

CarsGuide contacted Kia Australia and a spokesperson declined to comment before the brand confirms details for the Carnival, but the pricing’s continued presence on the RedBook website suggests Kia Australia hasn’t called for it to be removed due to inaccuracy. 

So, here’s what you need to know. The range now consists of S, Sport, Sport+, GT-Line Lite and GT-Line trim levels. A choice of naturally aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 or 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engines are both carried over from the pre-facelift Carnival.

Pricing looks to kick $2670 higher than before for the Kia Carnival S V6 ($50,150 before on-roads), with the diesel version of each grade being $2230 more expensive than the petrol V6 equivalent - a full pricing table is available at the end of this story.

For reference, the S currently (in pre-facelift form) kicks off from $47,480 in V6 guise and tops out at $67,580 in top-spec diesel-powered Platinum (now GT-Line).

There's a hybrid variant on the way to join the Carnival's existing V6 petrol and four-cylinder diesel powerplants.

Without confirmation from Kia regarding features, the updated S appears to come with a decent list of standard features like an eight-speaker sound system, auto-dip high-beams, selectable drive modes, a set of 17-inch alloys and a safety suite including front parking sensors and traffic sign recognition.

The Sport (replacing Si) adds multi-zone climate control, LED taillights, anti-glare mirror, 18-inch alloys, synthetic leather trim and wireless phone charging.

Sport+ brings surround-view parking cameras, tinted privacy glass, electric driver seat adjustment, a power tailgate and other material trim changes and steps in for the SLi.

Though the range hasn't grown, Kia has introduced different trim names for the Carnival including GT-Line Lite.

GT-Line Lite appears to be fairly self-explanatory, coming to replace the relatively recently added ‘Special Edition’ Carnival which was essentially a discounted Platinum with some features missing to ease demand during the semiconductor shortage.

A sunroof and 19-inch alloys are two additions for that variant, while the top-spec GT-Line – previously Platinum – scores a 12-speaker sound system, heated steering wheel, lead-vehicle adaptive cruise, heated and ventilated front seats and the passenger’s becomes electrically adjustable.

2024 Kia Carnival pricing (before on-road costs)

VariantPrice (before on-road costs)
S V6$50,150 (+$2670)
S 2.2TD$52,380 (+$2900)
Sport V6$56,050 (+$3070 vs Si)
Sport 2.2TD$58,280 (+$3300 vs Si) 
Sport+ V6$62,380 (+$4600 vs SLi)
Sport+ 2.2TD$64,610 (+$4830 vs SLi)
GT-Line Lite V6$66,350 (+$5160 vs Special Edition)
GT-Line Lite 2.2TD$68,580 (+$5390 vs Special Edition)
GT-Line V6$70,680 (+$5100 vs Platinum)
GT-Line 2.2TD$72,910 (+$5330 vs Platinum)

 

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