Kia Carnival launched, prices start at Rs. 24.95 lakh

The South Korean carmaker Kia today launched its luxury MPV Carnival at the Auto Expo 2020. The prices start Rs. 24.95 lakh for the 6-seater Premium version while the top end Limousine varaiant [also a seven seater] is priced at Rs. 33. 95 lakh. The mid-level Prestige version costs Rs. 28.95 lakh and Rs. 29.95 lakh for the 7 and 9 seater versions, respectively.

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Kia claims it has received 3,500 bookings for carnival already.

Kia Carnival is powered by a 2.2-litre, BS6-compliant diesel engine with power output of 200 bhp and 440Nm of torque between 1,500-2,750rpm. The 2.2 diesel is mated to an 8-speed ‘Sportsmatic’ automatic gearbox.

Kia Carnival, as you might know by now, is a no ordinary MPV. We mean its huge—about two whole feet longer than the current leader of the pack, Toyota Innova. Its nearest rival, in size, would Toyota Vellfire, which will cost close to Rs. 1 crore.

That ginormous size allows Kia to offer Carnival with multiple seat configurations—as a seven-, eight- and nine-seater. You will get to choose between 4 to 6 captain seats and hold your breath, there will even be a four-row configuration.

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And cutting across these variants will be three trim levels: Premium, Prestige and Limousine. Yes sir, with Carnival, India gets its first taste of limousine. All trims would be more than adequately loaded.

The entry level Premium trim (you can have it with 7 or 8 seats) will come with a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, an audio system with four speakers and two tweeters, steering-mounted audio controls, a reverse camera, cruise control, a smart key with push-button start, tilt- and telescopic-adjust for the steering wheel, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, all four disc brakes and 18-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels, among other things.

The next level Prestige trim will add LED projector headlights, the signature ‘Ice Cube’ LED fog lights, LED tail-lights, powered tailgate, dual-panel electric sunroof, electric-folding wing mirrors, ‘pop-up sinking seats’ and chrome accents for the exterior. Safety feature will be upped with side and curtain airbags, front parking sensors, Electronic Stability Control, rollover mitigation and Cornering Brake Control. The Kia Carnival Prestige will shun the 8-seat option and will instead be available as a seven or nine seater.

Kia Carnival Limousine, will only be available as a seven-seater but its seven seats will be wrapped in nappa leather. The steering too will be leather wrapped, there will be wood garnish. The wheels too would have different design and you will get a tyre pressure monitoring system.