Kia Grand Carnival is a 11 seater MPV
Kia Motors is all ready to enter in to India by 2019. they have announced that its first product will be a compact SUV . however, the Hyundai owned automaker will also launch a premium MPV the Grand Carnival in India . The Grand Carnival is a premium product from Kia and is currently on sale in few international markets.
The MPV is sold with a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine and a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, diesel motor, both options are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 petrol unit puts out 270hp/318Nm, while the diesel makes 200hp and 441Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine can be expected for Indian market.
The Grand Carnival is bigger than India’s most popular MPV, the Toyota Innova Crysta. At 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide and 1,755mm in height, the Grand Carnival is 380mm longer, 155mm wider, yet 40mm shorter in height than Innova . All this, along the 3,060mm long wheelbase (making it 310mm longer than the Innova Crysta).
The Grand Carnival comes with sliding rear doors – something that will be unique in this market segment. Another USP of the Kia MPV is that along with the standard seven- and eight-seat configurations, the Grand Carnival will come with 11-seat configuration. Kia claims that even the fourth row of seats gets 685mm of legroom, 902mm of headroom and 1,266mm hip room. The second row of seats also folds forward completely, making it easier for the third row of passengers to enter and exit . This type of flexibility could help sales –particularly in the tourist vehicle segment which is currently ruled by the Innova Crysta.
comfort and features
The Grand Carnival is packed with features such as steering-mounted audio controls, Apple car play and android auto , cruise control, push-button start, a 7.0-inch colour instrument cluster, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, three-zone automatic climate control, multiple USB charging points, two sunroofs, sensor-controlled tailgate, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
In terms of safety features, the MPV gets front and curtain airbags, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot detection system, hill-start assist and ESC.
Based on its size and expected equipment list, if the MPV arrives in India it will surely cost a premium over the diesel trims of the Toyota Innova Crysta, which are priced between Rs 15.46 lakh and Rs 21.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).