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Toyota Innova Crysta-challenging Kia Carnival MPV’s India launch CONFIRMED

Ever since Kia revealed its plans about making its foray in India, it was confirmed in all likeliness that the Carnival will be launched by the company sooner or later in the market. Also known as the Sedona in some international markets, the Carnival is a large MPV that will chiefly rival the Toyota Innova Crysta when launched. Speaking of which, a report by Autocar India confirms that the South Korean manufacturer will bring the vehicle here next year and it will be its second launch in India after the upcoming Seltos that will be launched in August.

Kia Carnival Front

As already discussed, the Carnival will be Kia’s take on the popular Toyota Innova Crysta which has been the undisputed king of the Indian MPV market for more than a decade now. However, the Carnival will be placed a segment or a half higher than the Innova Crysta owing to its size, features and space on offer. Talking about body dimensions, the Kia Carnival is larger in size than the Innova Crysta on all fronts, except height. The Kia Carnival measures 5,155 mm in length, 1,985 mm in width, 1,740 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,060 mm. This makes it about 380 mm longer and 155 mm wider but 40 mm shorter in height than the Toyota Innova Crysta.

Grand Carnival 1

The shorter height of the Carnival, however, does not mean that it will be short on headroom. This is because unlike the Toyota Innova Crysta, which is built on a ladder frame chassis, the Kia Carnival is built using a monocoque chassis. This means that the Carnival has better space utilization on the inside along with better stability and ride quality when compared to ladder-frame vehicles. In the international markets, the Grand Carnival is available in various seating configurations that includes 7-seater, 8-seater, 9-seater and 11-seater. However, the Indian market is expected to get only the 7-seater version with captain sits in the middle, though the possibility of an 8-seater version can’t be denied.

Grand Carnival 2

On the inside, the Carnival will offer better space as it is much larger in size than its Toyota rival. Also, this MPV gets proper sliding doors and top-spec variants could likely get electronic doors. Talking of safety features, the MPV comes with 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. A touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, multi-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, and electric adjustable driver’s seat are some other features that are expected on the Indian spec Carnival.

Grand Carnival 3

Talking about the engine, 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. Expect it to start at around Rs. 24-25 lakh when launched here, while the top-end variants could cross the Rs. 30 lakh price mark