Kia Carnival comes loaded with convenience, comfort, technology and driver-assistive based features and it will be launched at 2020 Auto Expo
Kia Motors India Limited has officially unveiled the Carnival MPV for the domestic market ahead of its launch at the 2020 Auto Expo next month. The South Korean automaker says the premium vehicle is for the Elite class and it derives power from a 2.2-litre VGT diesel engine with BSVI compliance. The motor kicks out 200 PS maximum power at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of peak torque delivered between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm. It is paired with an eight-speed Sportsmatic automatic transmission.
The Carnival will compete against the high-spec variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta and it will be offered in Premium, Prestige and Limousine trims. The company goes on to claim that the Carnival provides class-best safety, comfort and refinement and we are eager to find that out. To render buyers a wide purchasing choice, it can be had in seven-, eight- or nine-seater configuration.
The seven-seater, in turn, comes with two layouts – one with four captain seats and three sinking seats and the other (7 VIP) has the option of second-row VIP seat. The eight-seater has four captain seats and three sinking seats while the nine-seater gets six captain and three sinking seats. Features like smart power tailgate, which opens when smart key is sensed in close proximity, dual-panel electric sunroof, one-touch power sliding door and VIP seats with 10.1-inch dual touchscreen rear-seat entertainment system make the Carnival highly exclusive.
The Carnival is draped with the signature Kia design compounded by premium touches. The front end has an upright Tiger Nose large grille, wraparound LED headlamps with LED DRLs, sweptback silhouette with a long bonnet structure, an all-round glass area, floating roof design, sporty 18-inch Sputtering Finish alloy wheels, glass area shaped for more prominent shoulders, bold creases running along the length, sculpted bodily surfaces, wide LED tail lamps, broad metal surfaces, etc.
On the inside, the Kia Carnival gains UVO connectivity with an array of 37 in-car features that are free for the initial three years. It can be accessed through smartwatch and it allows safety alerts, remote engine start-stop, Smart Pure Air control, horn/light, control of air conditioning, door lock/unlock and status of the vehicle, along with tyre pressure and fuel level information status with notifications on the go.
The cabin inspired by aviation possesses high-grade materials, individual seats and flexible use of space for the passengers. The VIP seats in the Limousine grade is said to have “tremendous” comfort and legroom. The 10.1-inch dual touchscreen rear-seat entertainment has 10.1-inch monitors and eight-speaker Harman Kardon Premium audio.
The host of convenience based features includes three-zone automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Electronic Parking Brake, Auto Defog windscreen, Smart Cruise Control and front and rear parking sensors.
The base premium trim will be made available in seven- and eight-seat layouts and it boasts a multi-functional steering wheel, touchscreen audio with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, four speakers and two tweeters, rearview camera, 3.5-inch LCD instrument cluster, cruise control, smart key with push-button start/stop, auto headlight control, 18-inch crystal cut alloy wheels, chrome outside door handles, rear spoiler, rear chrome garnish, etc.
The Prestige variant gets an assortment of electronic driver aids and safety features including Electronic Stability Control with Hill Assist Control, Roll-over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control, Side and Curtain Airbags and Front Parking Sensors. Moreover, the front grille gets chrome inserts, alongside LED projection headlamps with LED Position Lamps, ice cube-shaped LED fog lamps and tail lamps, roof rails, chrome window surrounds, UV cut front door glass and windshield and 220V laptop and USB Charger.
Other highlights are the dual-panel electric sunroof with LED lights, sunshade curtains, electrically foldable ORVMs, chromed inside door handles, pop up sinking seats, sliding seats and so on. The Prestige can be bought in seven- and nin-seat configurations. The range-topping Limousine is loaded with upmarket equipment and is available as a seven-seater topped off by second-row Luxury VIP seats with leg support, Nappa leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, premium wood garnish, 18-inch Sputtering Finish alloys Wheels and TPMS.
The touchscreen audio in the Kia Carnival Limousine trim gets built-in sat-nav and UVO connected car tech, Harman/Kardon eight-speaker audio, 10.1-inch dual touchscreen rear-seat entertainment System, Smart Pure Air Purifier with perfume diffuser, EPB, 10-way powered driver seat with ventilation, wireless charger and auto antiglare IRVM.