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Kia Carnival revealed, launch at Auto Expo 2020

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The Times Of India
14th January, 2020 22:06 IST

NEW DELHI: Kia Motors on Tuesday showcased Carnival, which will be launched at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2020 in February. Kia Carnival will be offered in three trims – Premium, Prestige and Limousine - with multiple configurations of seven-, eight- and nine-seat.

The luxury MPV is expected to be priced around Rs 26-33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and would rival Toyota Innova Crysta on launch. The Carnival is powered by a diesel 2.2-litre VGT BSVI compliant engine paired with an 8-speed Sportsmatic transmission (8AT). There are two seven-seater options, the regular has four captain seats with three sinking seats and another variation the seven-VIP, has the option of second row VIP seat for ultra-luxurious experience.

The eight-seater has four captain seats and three sinking seats. The nine-seater, which has six captain and three sinking seats. It is equipped with dual panel electric sunroof, VIP seats with 10.1” dual touchscreen rear seat entertainment system, one-touch power sliding door and smart power tailgate among others.

Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, “We are overwhelmed by the love for brand Kia that the Indian market has shown. To strengthen our relationship further and add new fans to the brand, we are all set to launch the new Kia Carnival in India. With this new aspirational offering, Kia Motors is addressing the unmet needs of the Indian Elite Class consumers. With its fresh styling, rich features, excellent quality and exuberant appointments, the Carnival addresses Indian customers who value aesthetics, performance, refinement, safety and space. I am sure that the Carnival will also be well-received by India and add to Kia’s reputation as an exciting brand for young-at-heart people.”

How does it look?

The Carnival comes with a wide and stylish stance combined with Kia’s characteristic boldness. The front of the Carnival comes with a wide, upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille and wrap-around LED Projection headlamps with LED DRLs to give it an imposing appearance. In profile, it has a swept-back silhouette with a long bonnet and an all-round glass area that gives it a dynamic appearance along with floating roof design and R18” sputtering finish alloy wheels. A strong crease that runs along the length of the car and sculpted surfaces add to its dynamism. The rear of the Carnival further emphasizes its solid appearance with wide LED rear lamps, broad metal surfaces and a glass area shaped to give it more prominent ‘shoulders’.

First-in-segment connectivity features:

UVO is the latest evolution in connected car and infotainment, which is testimony of Kia’s continued quest to provide advanced technology that makes driving safer, convenient and enjoyable. UVO comes with 37 smart features, offered free for initial three years.

The smart watch allows remote engine start stop, AC Control, Smart Pure Air control, horn/ light, door lock/ unlock and vehicle status. It also provides Tyre pressure and fuel level information status along with notifications on movement and safety alerts.

Plush interiors:

First-class air travel was a key influence behind the design and layout of the cabin. Sophisticated and luxurious, the cabin of the Carnival is made up of high-grade materials, providing a premium, modern look. Its elegant individual seats, superior ambience and consistent design throughout the cabin are aimed at ensuring maximum utility and comfort for all. The Carnival also sports a range of intelligently-designed features to ensure a more efficient and flexible use of space for all occupants. Depending upon the trim level and seating option, the Carnival can accommodate up to 9 persons in all.

Luxurious cabin:

The new Carnival is equipped with a range of advanced on-board technologies designed to improve the car’s capabilities and owner and occupant satisfaction. The VIP seats in the Limousine trim offer tremendous comfort and leg room for passengers, and can be set for individual preferences. The 10.1” dual touchscreen rear seat entertainment system comprising 10.1-inch monitors, and 8 speakers Harman Kardon Premium Sound system offer Lounge-like experience while on the move. The smart power tailgate automatically opens when the smart key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, while the Carnival’s power-sliding rear doors also open at the touch of a button. Smart Pure Air purifier gives clean and fresh air to the occupants.


The 2199-cc four-cylinder common rail direct injection VGT diesel BSVI compliant engine powers the Carnival. Developing 200PS at 3,800 rpm and 440Nm of torque between 1,500~2,750 rpm, the engine is paired with Kia’s 8-speed Sportsmatic transmission.

Comfort and convenience features:

The Carnival offers efficient use of space and comfort for passengers. Features like tri-zone auto AC, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), auto defog windscreen, smart cruise control, front and Rear parking sensors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and numerous storage spaces throughout the cabin for greater practicality make it a perfect partner on the road.

Details of the trims are as below:

1. Premium Trim

The base trim of Kia Carnival is loaded with key technology and infotainment features such as touchscreen Audio with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, 4 Speakers and 2 Tweeters and Steering Audio Controls. It will come with Rear View Camera, 3.5” Cluster LCD Panel, Cruise Control, Smart Key with Push Start/Stop Button, Tilt and Telescopic Steering, Electrically Adjustable Outside Mirror, All Power windows with Driver Auto Down and Auto Headlight Control.

Premium trim on the Carnival features driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, Front and Rear Disc Brakes, ISO-FIX, and Rear Parking Sensors.

R18”Crystal-Cut Alloy Wheels, Chrome outside Door Handles, Rear Spoiler with LED HMSL and Rear Chrome Garnish accentuate the sophisticated look of the RV.

Premium trim will be available in 7-seater and 8-seater variants.

2. Prestige Trim

The Prestige Trim naturally offers all the features of Premium trim along with several additions, making the Carnival even more desirable for customers.

Prestige line offers Electronic Stability Control with Hill Assist Control, Roll-over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control, Side and Curtain Airbags and Front Parking Sensors.

Further enhancing the look and adding convenience to the drive are Front Grille with Chrome inserts, LED Projection Headlamps with LED Position Lamps, Ice Cube Shape LED Fog Lamps, LED Rear Combination Lamps, Roof Rails, Chrome Surround on window, Smart Power Tailgate, UV Cut front door glass and windshield and 220V Laptop Charger and USB Charger.

The Dual Panel Electric Sunroof with all Interior LED lights, Sunshade Curtains, Electric Folding Outside mirror, Chrome inside Door handles, Pop up sinking seats, sliding seats and much more will make the CARNIVAL as comfortable as a home.

The Prestige trim will be available in seven-seater and very practical nine (nine captain + three sinking) seat options.

3. Limousine Trim

This is the top-of-the-line Carnival and will include all the features available in the Premium and Prestige trims. That apart, the Limousine trim is available as a 7-seater option, and will be topped up with 2nd Row Luxury VIP Seats with Leg Support, Premium Nappa Leather Seat Upholstery, Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Premium Wood Garnish, R18”Sputtering Finish Alloy Wheels and High Line Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

Taking the infotainment quotient a higher will be Touchscreen Audio with In-built Navigation and UVO Connected Car (3 Year Free), Harman/Kardon Premium 8 Speaker Sound System and 10.1” Dual Touchscreen Rear Seat Entertainment System.

Limousine trim takes relaxation and ease to the next level with Smart Pure Air Purifier with perfume diffuser, Electronic Parking Brake, 10-way Power Driver Seat, Driver Seat Ventilation, Front Console Wireless Smartphone Charger and Auto Antiglare inside Rear View Mirror (ECM) with UVO Controls and Smartwatch connectivity.

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