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Kia adds hybrid powertrain to the Carnival MPV lineup

Kia is adding an optional turbo-hybrid powertrain to the 2025 Carnival MPV lineup, highlighting its versatile multi-purpose capabilities. The new Carnival Hybrid variant starts at $40,500; the standard 2025 Kia Carnival has a starting MSRP of $36,500.

The newly added Carnival Hybrid gets a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid engine paired with a 54kW motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission, with a combined output of 242 horsepower, 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Other features exclusive to the Carnival Hybrid include 17-inch aerodynamic wheels (standard on the LXS trim), standard Active Air Flaps integrated in the front fascia, and paddle regenerative braking.


The Carnival’s suite of standard and available Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is updated with Kia’s latest iterations. Central to the Carnival’s advanced driver assist technology is standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist8, which now offers Junction Crossing (FCA-JC); Lange-change Oncoming (FCA-LO); Lange-change Side (FCA-LS); and Evasive Steering Assist (FCA-ESA) on SX models and above.

SX trims and above also get standard Highway Driving Assist 29(HDA 2) a driver convenience system that is designed to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle detected in front, keep the vehicle within detected lane markers on certain highways, and assist in lane changes under certain conditions.

Kia’s next-generation Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system is new to the Carnival, allowing it to receive over-the-air updates. An available Connected Car Rear Cockpit (ccRC) Rear Entertainment System with dual 14.6-inch monitors and full HD resolution can stream from popular platforms, with the potential to add future content over-the-air. Performance in the standard Carnival still comes from an available 3.5-liter V6 GDI engine that produces 287 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.


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