Kia gives rendering of all-new Carnival minivan ahead of New York unveiling

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp. gave a rendering of its all-new Carnival minivan on Friday ahead of its unveiling at this month's New York International Auto Show.

The front three-quarters view of the vehicle shows a more upright fascia and the carmaker's signature tiger-nose grille that's indented and surrounded by polished chrome. This is flanked by swept back headlamps with daytime running light accents.

Under the headlamps and the bumper are square-shaped fog lights.

The image of the car, to be sold in the United States as the Sedona, has sedan-like windshields and angled A-pillars and a relatively flat roofline with racks on top.

On the sides are character lines running from the headlamps toward the back, an elevated rear-quarter window section and sliding rear doors found on many minivans in the market today.

Despite the car being derived from the bold KV7 concept car shown in 2012, Kia adopted a more conventional design throughout that is similar to rivals like the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and Chrysler Town and County.

The carmaker has not released details on the dimension, powertrain or price for the new car that will reach consumers later in the year, although corporate sources said it will be competitively priced with improvements across the board.

The improvements may include Kia's latest infotainment system, better fuel economy and amenities for back seat passengers such as a separate video display.

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