After launching the all-new Seltos in the Indian market, Kia Motors is now focussing on its next product, which will be an MPV. Kia Motors has already confirmed that the all-new Carnival will be launched in the market in the coming months and has now started testing the vehicle on the Indian roads. After the upcoming Carnival was caught testing with the Toyota Innova Crysta on the Indian roads, more pictures of the vehicle have arrived.
The Kia Carnival will be a premium MPV and will be positioned much higher than the Innova Crysta in the market. However, the higher-end variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta will take on the lower-variants of the Carnival. The vehicle seen here in the video comes with roof-mounted storage, which will be a perfect accessory for the long-distance tours.
The Carnival will also be much larger than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Also, it will come with a range of segment-first feature. One of such features has been demonstrated in the video too. The Kia Carnival gets the electronic sliding doors for the rear passengers. The electric doors can be controlled through gesture. A few Kia officials can be seen in the video operating the sliding door by a double-tap. They first do double knock on the door and the electrically-powered door starts to slide and opens completely. Tapping on the open door again will slide the door to the closed position.
Kia is a young brand in the Indian market and to attract customer attention, it will price the vehicle smartly. Seltos, the first car from the brand in the Indian market received an overwhelming response in the first month itself. So much so that the car has now become the best-seller in the segment after replacing the Hyundai Creta from the top spot.
The Kia Carnival is expected to be launched in both 7-seater and 6-seater variants to cater to a wide range of customers. Even though the manufacturer will target the Toyota Innova Crysta in the Indian market, it should be noted that they do not plan to sell a large number of MPV in the market. Kia currently projects a monthly sales of about 1,000 unit for the Carnival. The Toyota Innova Crysta currently sells around 6,000 units every month and stays on the top of the sales chart.
Since the Kia Carnival is much bigger in size than the Innova Crysta, the price tag on the vehicle will also be on the higher side. The Innova Crysta’s base model is priced at Rs 15 lakh while the Carnival’s base version may cost around Rs 20-22 lakhs.
Currently, the engine options for the upcoming car are not known. However, Kia may use the 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 199 Bhp and peak torque of 441 Nm.
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