Kia Motors has confirmed that the Carnival MPV will be launched this year, 5th February at the 2020 Auto Expo. This car will be the second product for the brand in India after the Seltos which has garnered huge success. The Kia Carnival is going to be a three-row MPV that is going to be the brand’s more premium and flagship product. Internationally this car is sold in countries like America and has done well. If you want a car that will move a family of eight in luxury but does not like any of the current offerings on the market, we soon will have another big MPV to just do that. So what is the Carnival and why will it be a car for families to go for? Find out below.
What is it?
The Kia Carnival is an MPV designed with transporting lots of people in mind so let’s talk about the interior first and the convenience it offers. With space for up to 8 passengers and features like Smart Sliding doors, standard Slide-N-Stow, seating for flexible storage, tech features like standard Apple CarPlay and standard Android Auto plus Kia’s smart connectivity suite UVO, the car is really going to set a benchmark in the market for MPVs. This car could also get features like front collision warning which will make it one of the cheapest cars in India to get such a warning system. The Kia Carnival will keep the third-row passenger in mind with tri-zone climate control. Apart from that the car also gets wireless charging and heated/ventilated seats.
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If we talk about the exterior, the car gets a typical Kia look with the bold tiger-nose grille. The headlights are LED units with projector headlamps and the LED fog lamps look like the stacked ice-cube design that we see in the Seltos. On the side, it looks sleek with the 18-inch wheels giving it a proper stance and the sliding doors it gives off a very utilitarian vibe. The rear is quite basic and it gets LED taillamps.
Kia Carnival Engine and Safety
The Kia Carnival will be available in India with just one engine and gearbox option – the 2.2-litre diesel that produces 202bhp and 441Nm of torque will be paired to a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The internationally sold 3.3-litre V6 with an eight-speed automatic gearbox won’t come to India. We also might not get a whole host of safety features offered internationally like Smart Cruise Control and Blind Spot Collision Warning. The car will come with other safety features like a 360-degree view, front parking sensors and a Traction control system plus more than four airbags.
Price and Competiton
The price of the car should be Rs 25 lakhs (ex-showroom). It could be the most powerful and feature-loaded car when launched so that will make it worth considering even if the price tag is a bit higher than many. The Kia Carnival will compete with right from the Toyota Innova, Tata Hexa at the top – to the Mahindra Marazzo and the Maruti Ertiga in the Indian car market.