Kia has created a premium image in India. So how has Kia done it? By giving bold exteriors, premium interiors and features. Another factor that has helped Kia with this image is the Carnival. Carnival might not have been a mass-market product but it definitely showcased the brand’s finesse in the premium category. Kia launched the Carnival first in 2020 and the car has been awaiting an update ever since. Now, will Kia bring the new Carnival to India? We certainly hope so. In today’s article, we discuss this new MPV from Kia India.

New Kia MPV – Dimensions and design

New Kia MPV

Kia cars are known for their muscular and bold design, and it will be no different for the new Carnival. Kia has given it a sharper design, giving it a more SUV-ish look. It certainly looks more premium now. Coming to the dimensions, it will be 5,156mm in length, 1,994mm in width & 1,740mm in height. It sits on an impressive wheelbase of 3,090mm.

Interior and features

New Kia MPV

Like the extravagant exterior, the interior will also get a major update. The Carnival was always known for its comfort and it will continue with that in the new version. What about features? It will retain most of its current features. Additionally, it could get gets ADAS (level2), more connected car features, leg extensions, wing-out headrests and ventilated seats along with an improved dashboard with a fully-digital instrument cluster.  

New Kia MPV – Engine specifications

Globally, the new Carnival gets a 3.6-litre V6 engine. Will Kia bring this to India? Kia would mostly be continuing with its current engines and could rather skip on this option as it would not be a logical prospect for India looking at the various emission norms. Currently, it comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that makes 197bhp & 440Nm of torque. This engine comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

New Kia MPV – Launch and pricing

New Kia MPV

So when is it coming to India? There is no official confirmation from Kia, but we can expect it by the end of this year or early next year. What about the pricing? Currently, the Carnival starts from Rs 36.24 lakhs and goes to Rs 42.34 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). With the new design and features, we can expect a price increase of Rs 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh.

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