Kia Carnival to be made-in-India to keep price competitive

Kia Carnival will become the second car in the Indian market from the South Korean brand. The all-new car will be launched in the Indian market later this year and it will be positioned in a premium range and is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 30 lakhs. According to new information, the Kia Carnival will be manufactured in India, which will allow the brand to price it competitively in the market.

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The Kia Carnival will be manufactured in India as per Express Drives. The report reveals that the details come from Manohar Bhat, VP and head of sales, marketing at Kia India. The Carnival will be manufactured at the Anantpur plant where the Seltos is being manufactured. Even though it will be manufactured in India, Kia will import a few components but a large number of components will be sourced from India. With a number of parts sourced from the Indian market, the Carnival may carry a very competitive price tag.

It should be noted that the Carnival will aim the customers who go for the top-end variant of the Innova Crysta. It will be much bigger and spacious than the Innova Crysta too. Kia is not planning to do a huge number with the Carnival. It will be a part of a brand-building exercise and the manufacturer will continue to concentrate on the Seltos for the time being.

The Carnival will be available in two versions. There will be a six-seater premium version of the vehicle while a seven-seater version will be available too. The Kia Carnival will be powered by a Bs4 compliant 2.2-litre diesel engine option that churns out a maximum power of 202 PS and 440 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options will include a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic. Kia may not offer the manual transmissions with the Carnival but may bring it in the later stage to make it even more affordable.

Kia will showcase the upcoming Carnival at the 2020 Auto Expo and will later launch the car in the Indian market. The Carnival will get a long list of features including electrically controlled rear doors. The vehicle has been spotted at a few dealerships in India and brand has also started testing it on the Indian roads. Apart from the Carnival, Kia is also planning to launch a new sub-4m compact SUV to take on the vehicles like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue in the Indian market. Kia may also launch an electric SUV in the coming time in India.