The next-gen Kia Carnival looks sharp
Kia has teased the new Carnival ahead of its launch
The Kia Carnival made its way to India in February 2020. It has been my favourite launch at the beginning of this year. And not just me, thousands of other people will agree with me, on the fact that it is one of the best looking cars on sale in India right now. The Carnival happens to be the first limousine-minivan offering in India, which is hard to imagine as it also happens to be one of the first luxury minivans on the market.
But, there is more to it than just the looks. The Carnival packs an array of features and equipment. Powered 2.2L BS VI Diesel engine capable of producing a respectable, 197 bhp and 440 N-m (325 ft-lb) of torque, mated to an 8-speed 'Sportsmatic' gearbox. Sitting atop 18-inch alloy wheels, it is one of India's most loaded minivan. How, you ask? Allow me to answer. Starting with five variants; Premium 7 , Premium 8 , Prestige 7 , Prestige 9 and the Limousine 7VIP . Each one offers 540 L boot space, disc brakes on all four wheels and a 60 L fuel tank.
The heart of the Kia Carnival.
It does have many more standard features such as ABS (with EBD), central locking, day-night rear-view mirrors, smart key, cruise control, driver and passenger air-bags, the list could go on. If you are interested to know more about the features of the Carnival, click here. The prices vary from, INR 24.95 Lakhs to INR 33.95 Lakhs. Quite a premium amount, but I have faith that it should be worth it.
A few days back, Kia teased the rendering of the next-gen Carnival, hinting at its possible design language. It has sharp lines giving it a bold character and a strong presence. Kia aims to appeal to all generations of customers with the Carnival, at which I think they have succeeded quite well. The futuristic, SUV inspired design language makes it look drop-dead gorgeous for a minivan! In my honest opinion, the rendering does kind of, throw hints of a Range Rover Velar and of course, the Kia Seltos itself. Sporting Kia's iconic 'Tiger-nose grille', the design is also quite seamless. Designers at Kia have dubbed it, 'Grand Utility Vehicle.'
The Kia Carnival is due for sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020. Other markets will follow soon. It is a package of superb design language, loads of features and a premium price. You could call it 'the complete package', I guess.