As talked about earlier the South Korean auto manufacturer Kia has now unveiled the fourth generation of its luxury MPV Carnival which will now be called the KA4 in India. The KA4 in all the international markets is still called the Carnival and was launched two years ago. As of now, the company has not revealed the price of the new KA4 but it is anticipated to command a decent premium over the outgoing Carnival once it officially goes on sale in the country.
The new KA4 will also feature brawny wheel arches and a pronounced cutline connecting the front and rear lighting. The luxury MPV will also have large two-tone mirrors and black/chrome side panel moldings. It will have a skid plate, reflectors, completely LED taillights, and a whole new rear bumper. It will also be available with 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Similar to its exterior, the fourth-generation Carnival KA4 will also come equipped with an entirely new interior. The MPV will get two 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment system and the instrument panel, a brand-new dashboard with wood trim, and a dual-tone Beige and Brown color scheme. A brand-new design will also be featured on the center console. The new KA4 will still come standard with multi-zone temperature control, motorized folding rear doors, and twin sunroofs.
In terms of the safety equipment the KA4 will come equipped with a comprehensive list of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features. Some of these include, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) along with a multitude of airbags as well.
Regarding drivetrain options, internationally the company offers this premium MPV with the choice of a 3.5L V6 MPi petrol engine, a new 2.2L Smartstream engine, and a 3.5L GDi V6 Smartstream engine. While the 3.5L petrol engine delivers 268 bhp with 332 nm, the 2.2L and 3.5L Smartstream motors each produce 290 horsepower with 355 nm and 199 bhp with 440 nm, respectively. The existing 2.2L diesel engine, which is capable of 200 horsepower and 440 Nm will most likely be offered in India. This engine will be paired with an eight-speed automated transmission.
At the Auto Expo 2023 in addition to the KA4, the company also introduced the all-electric EV9 concept, which is built on the GMP platform. The EV9 concept SUV that Kia plans to introduce as the company’s flagship electric SUV made its debut in 2021 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first EV9 concept teaser was also recently posted on Kia India’s YouTube channel.
The upcoming Kia EV SUV which the company aims to build by the end of 2023 will have the following dimensions: 4,929mm in length, 2,055mm in width, and 1,790mm in height. Additionally, it will feature a 3,100mm-long wheelbase. The Kia EV9, according to Kia, will be constructed on the Electric Global Modular Chassis (E-GMP) platform, which also serves as the foundation for the Kia EV6, which was recently introduced in the nation and was also on display at the company’s pavilion at the 2023 Auto Expo.