CHICAGO – Kia Motors is including a hybrid mannequin to its Carnival minivan to fulfill growing shopper demand for the know-how and help in assembly tightening federal gasoline economic system requirements.
Hybrids are a growing option for automakers as they try to make autos extra environment friendly and keep away from pricey federal gasoline economic system and emissions requirements. They’re additionally inexpensive and a much less dramatic adjustment for customers who need to go greener however aren’t able to buy all-electric autos.
EV gross sales have been slower than anticipated within the U.S. auto trade.
Hybrid autos sometimes embrace a conventional inside combustion engine mixed with EV applied sciences such as an electrical motor and small battery. They perform like conventional autos and don’t have to be plugged in like EVs or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The Carnival hybrid, introduced on the Chicago Auto Show, is predicted to go on sale alongside an up to date model of the normal minivan in the summertime. Both fashions characteristic up to date styling and inside applied sciences in contrast with the present mannequin, which made waves within the household hauler section for its SUV-inspired design when it was introduced in 2021.
2025 Kia Carnival inside
Kia didn’t launch pricing or gasoline economic system expectations for the brand new fashions. The present Carnival begins from about $33,000 to $47,000. With a 3.5-liter V6 engine, it achieves up to 20.6 miles per gallon combined metropolis/freeway, with a whole vary of 418 miles.
That V6 engine will proceed to be offered alongside the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-hybrid engine that produces 242 horsepower and 271 foot-pounds of torque, in line with Kia.
Kia expects the hybrid mannequin to account for half of the Carnival’s gross sales, in line with the corporate.
It will be Kia’s fourth hybrid. The automaker additionally affords three plug-in hybrid electrical autos.
Aside from the hybrid choice, the up to date minivan contains a redesigned entrance and again, together with new lights and a bigger, extra open grille on the entrance of the car. The up to date inside contains Kia’s new infotainment system and different newer tech. It continues to supply “VIP lounge seating” with energy controls and leg extensions, very similar to a conventional reclining chair.
2025 Kia Carnival “VIP lounge seating” with energy controls and leg extensions very similar to a conventional reclining chair.
While the U.S. minivan section is a far cry from its peak of roughly 1.5 million autos within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, some auto corporations such as Hyundai and Chrysler stay within the class.
Kia guardian Hyundai, which bought fewer than 44,000 Carnivals final 12 months, achieved 14% market share of the roughly 305,500-unit minivan market final 12 months within the U.S., in line with auto knowledge agency Motor Intelligence.
Chrysler was the section chief final 12 months with gross sales of its Pacifica minivan, together with a plug-in hybrid electrical model, at greater than 120,550 models, or roughly 40% market share.