Kia Motors made their debut in the Indian market last year with their block buster mid-size SUV Seltos. The car became popular among buyers within a very short span of time. Seltos is now a very common sight on our roads. After the successful launch of Seltos within six months Kia came up with their second product, the Carnival luxury MPV. Kia Carnival was officially launched in the Indian market at the Auto Expo this year. Just like Seltos, the Carnival also received many bookings even before its launch. It has been on sale for couple of months and is doing pretty well in terms of numbers.
Kia Motors has a now announced that they have sold over 3,000 units of Kia Carnival in the market since its launch. Kia Carnival is not a cheap vehicle and achieving these numbers in such a short period of time is actually an achievement for the brand. In terms of competition as of now Kia Carnival does not have direct rival in the segment. Kia Carnival is placed above the Toyota Innova Crysta and is way less expensive than the other luxury MPV offerings like Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Toyota Vellfire. In a way, Kia Motors is trying to create a new segment in itself.
Kia Carnival is one of the best looking MPV in the segment and has a premium look to it. It is a huge and spacious vehicle and is available in 7,8 and 9 seating configuration. It is available in Premium, Prestige and Limousine trims. The Limousine is the top-end and gets VIP seats with leg support and rear seat entertainment systems. It is a feature loaded car and gets dual sunroof, 18 inch alloy wheels, power sliding doors, tri-zone climate control, plush interiors and so on.
Coming to the engine, Carnival is only available with a diesel engine. It is powered by a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 200 PS and 440 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Kia Carnival prices start at Rs 24.95 lakh and go up to Rs 33.95 lakh (ex-showroom). All these features and the price at which it is available are the main reason why so many people have bought Carnival in such a short time. Kia is also working on a sub-4 meter compact SUV based on Sonet concept showcased at the expo and it is expected to be launched later this year.
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