I was hoping for this and am glad to see the U.S. Carnival will be the first to sport it here. The logo is much more forward looking and futuristic than the outdated oval logo.
My guess is that the digital dash and the wipers are going to be available for US orders. A US Spec Carnival/Sedona was spotted and it has the black wheels and what looks like the digital dash.I'm a fan of the new logo (and overall new branding), and it does look better on the new, more edgy Carnival. What I'm not totally feeling about the car is the cheese grater/chocolate block grille. I quite like the design shown during the original unveiling. Just not really feeling the concave (inward curved) look. But it is what it is.
What concerns me more is, the new Carnival is now available in Australia, and there are a few key omissions:
I sure hope KIA North America don't do the same thing offering the first wave of Carnival with some features missing until MY22. I'd love to get one as soon as it's available, but I'll wait to make sure I have all the features I want.
- The full digital cockpit dash is not yet available. They are still using physical circular gauges for speedo/tach. There's a number of nifty advantages to the full digital dash, so I don't think I'd get the Carnival until the feature become available.
- Due to COVID travel restrictions in Australia, Kia engineers did not have enough time to get the steering mapping fined tuned for the Australia market. May not be a big deal, but again, that's something unfinished.
- Rain sensing wipers is not currently available
- The top of the line Platinum models is only being offered with the all-black wheel treatment. Not a fan of that fad at all.