Toyota Innova-challenging Kia Carnival luxury MPV: launch details revealed!

Kia Motors is all set to begin its Indian innings and the company will launch its first car here on the 22nd of August. The South Korean manufacturer will start off with the Kia Seltos compact SUV but the second vehicle it will bring to our shores will be the Toyota Innova Crysta rivalling Carnival MPV. Now we had already confirmed the same a few months back but now a report by Carwale says that Kia will launch the Innova Crysta challenger during the 2020 New Delhi Auto Expo. Moreover, it will be a facelifted model and not the one that is currently on sale in the international markets.

Kia Carnival 3

Kia brought the third generation Carnival to this world in 2015 and hence 2020 seems to be the right for a facelift. Since the brand is pitching aggressively for India, launching the facelifted Carnival here first will probably exhibit the company’s commitment for India to the interested buyers. Also known as the Kia Sedona in a few international markets, the Carnival is quite larger than even the Toyota Innova Crysta and will have no natural rival in the country when launched. It is being speculated that it will be priced around Rs. 25 lakh when launched next year.

Grand Carnival 2

The Carnival features sliding doors at the rear which enhances ingress and egress comfort. In terms of dimensions, the Carnival will be substantially larger than the Innova Crysta. Internationally, the Carnival is available with several seating options including a 7-seater, 8-seater, 9-seater and 11-seater version. However, the Indian market is expected to get only the 7-seater version with captain seats in the middle. The Carnival is also quite spacious on the inside since its much larger than the Innova Crysta.

Kia Carnival 2

In terms of features, the international spec model comes loaded to the brim with features like a touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multi-zone climate control among others. Safety features on the MPV include ABS+ESP, traction control, hillside assist, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dusk-sensing headlamps, lane departure warning, auto emergency braking and forward-collision warning among others. The new facelifted version may come with a few new features too.

Talking of the engine options that will power the upcoming Kia MPV, the Indian spec Kia Carnival MPV would most probably be powered by an R 2.2 E-VGT diesel engine that produces 199 Bhp of power at 3,800 rpm along with 441 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,750 rpm. This engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Internationally, Kia also offers several other engine options but only the 2.2-litre diesel mill is expected to be launched in India. Kia will initially bring the Carnival to India via the CKD route but if demand persists, local production could be considered as well.