Kia launches updated Carnival MPV with new features and variants

Many people were surprised when Kia launched the Carnival as its second product after the huge success of Seltos. But, the Carnival did fairly well in the market. Now, Kia has launched an update to the Carnival with new features and trim levels. It is not the facelifted version of the Carnival that is sold in the international market. The pricing now starts at Rs. 24.95 lakhs ex-showroom. You can book the new Carnival from 300+ touchpoints of Kia. Below are the prices of all the variants:-

Variant  Ex-Showroom (INR)
Kia Carnival Premium 7 Seater 24,95,000
Kia Carnival Premium 8 Seater 25,15,000
Kia Carnival Prestige 7 Seater 29,49,000
Kia Carnival Prestige 9 Seater 29,95,000
Kia Carnival Limousine 7 Seater 31,99,000
Kia Carnival Limousine Plus 7 Seater 33,99,000

Mr. Tae-Jin Park, Executive Director and Chief Sales & Business Strategy Officer, Kia India said, “The refreshed Carnival is a part of Kia’s efforts towards offering customers an exceptional product experience that surpasses all expectations. Since its launch, the Carnival has been able to create a niche for itself in the Indian market and with this product intervention, we plan to provide even greater comfort and convenience to buyers. Till date, we have sold close to 8000 units of Carnival in India and we hope to achieve newer records with this product in future. We are confident that the refreshed Carnival will be received with the same enthusiasm and excitement by the Indian customers.”

Kia has also updated the alloy wheels of Carnival, they measure 18-inches and are offered as standard with every variant. The MPV will now also get the new Kia logo that we have seen on the Seltos and Sonet. The premium leatherette seats will now be offered on Prestige, Limousine and Limousine+.

Kia launches updated Carnival MPV with new features and variants

There is the Limousine variant that now gets additional features. Kia has added leather seats if the owner opts for VIP seating, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with OTA maps update, UVO connected car technology and auto-dimming IRVM. It also gets a single rear-seat entertainment system and an air purifier.

Kia has also introduced a new Limousine+ variant. It comes with an electronic parking brake, 10-way electric adjustment for driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, wood garnish, tyre pressure monitoring system, Harmon Kardon sound system, driver seat ventilation and dual rear-seat entertainment systems.

Kia launches updated Carnival MPV with new features and variants

Mechanically, the Carnival stays the same. So, it still comes with only a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engine puts out 200 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 440 Nm. It is offered only with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. As of now, Carnival does not have a direct rival. The Toyota Innova Crysta is priced lower than the Carnival as its top-end variant costs the same as the Carnival’s base variant. Then there are other MPVs like Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The Vellfire is priced at Rs. 89.90 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the V-Class starts at Rs. 71.1 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 1.46 Crores ex-showroom.

Paarth Khatri

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