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Do AWD or Hybrid power trains take away more space from the interior cabin? I heard that's why the Carnival has the best in class storage space behind the 3rd row.
They do. Which is why the new AWD Sienna Hybrid has the least cargo space. It is an OK tradeoff for many people. The problem is that the Sienna is underpowered and the rear bumper is flush with the tailgate which is a dealbreaker for many. The plug in Pacifica scarified the fold in sits that many love, and doesn't allow for a hitch to be installed - or you void the warranty (Only on the Plug in - not the gas powered ones). Many Pacifica owners and dealerships don't know it (some dealerships provide misleading information, and even install after market hitches, but I confirmed that directly with Chrysler and through a dealership that it would void the warranty. This has to do with their concern of straining the hybrid engine.
Will be interesting to see what tradeoffs Kia will have to make (hopefully none) to electrify the Carnival and/or make it AWD.
Until then with snow tires in the winter and much better than expected MPG on our Carnival - we are happy!
 

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I would be shocked if there is not AWD hybrid (as a trim offering, perhaps in the top trim) They already have the platform in the Tucson, Sorento and Santa Fe, these come with AWD hybrid variants (except the Sorento, btw the Canadian version of the Sorento is expected to have AWD in contrast to the US). The only question is will they up the combined power to leverage the added weight of the Carnival? I cannot imagine Kia putting the pony 227 combined horsepower from the above SUV siblings in the Carnival. One compelling choice would be the 277/281 horsepower wet-clutch Turbo 8AT engine now in Sorento/Santa Fe being married to electric motors for a combined power north of 300 horses. If this can get combined 30mpg, that would be my dream car.
 

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If Kia's new Carnival could have these in their future upgrades, they will leave its class vehicles in rear view mirror --

1. A very big windscreen like Tesla Model X on the Carnival and an option to drag over sun-cover forward from underneath on the head room ( the covering glass roof of the windscreen from the inside) if the driver doesn't like it. I drove a Tesla X but it still feels like a car lower to the ground. I liked the openness of Tesla X's big wind screen and imagine the same offered on Carnival
2. Electric version of Kia Carnival of course !
3. Rugged stance with Ko2 tyres
4. Lift rear glass just like in Toyota Highlander 2019 model (it's discontinued on newer Toyota models)
5. Camper mode to sleep in with family on longer drives without having to turn on the engine. I think this is achievable once Carnival is available as an Electric vehicle. Tesla Model X has camper mode in it. It filters air without having to run anything but AC.
 

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I would absolutely love and purchase a PHEV carnival in a heartbeat if it were to exist. I’d also like for the driver seat to have the genesis anti fatigue seat. Seems like a no brainer for the best type of road trip vehicle!!!
 

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The latest news on the Carnival Hybrid is that it would be produced in October 2023 as a MY2024.

I wish this was fast-tracked as that would be a long wait. Sigh.

A fully electric Carnival is also rumoured to be in the works.

 

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I would definitely buy one if they would do a Hybrid with good power and add folding rear seats. The Chrysler patent on them expires August of 2023 so there is a good chance many of the minivans will add them. AWD would also be a plus

Just speaking for myself, I have no interest in an all electric.
 
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