Kia Carnival sits above Toyota Innova Crysta but is also cheaper than Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The carmaker will next launch Sonet to rival the likes of Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza
Indian veteran cricketer Ajay Jadeja recently took the delivery of a brand spanking new Kia Carnival at the authorized brand outlet in Udaipur. Jadeja was a regular member of the playing-11 of the Indian cricket team from 1992 to 2000. He has played 15 test matches and 196 ODIs for India and used to be known for his hard-hitting batting and match-winning streak.
Jadeja seems to have bought the top-spec Limousine model, which comes with a sticker price of Rs 33.95 lakh. The Carnival is the second-ever product from Kia Motors India and has been rather quick to establish itself well in the local car market. The premium MPV has no direct rival as it finds itself positioned a tad higher than the top-selling Toyota Innova Crysta and several notches below the likes of Toyota Vellfire. The unique product placement seems to have helped the MPV quickly create a niche for itself in the market.
In spite of all the bulk, the Kia Carnival manages to look appealing and looks considerably upmarket. The highly spacious MPV is available in as many as three seating configurations - 7, 8 and 9, while the trim levels on offer include Premium, Prestige and Limousine. The top-spec model comes with 'VIP seat's with leg support and even a rear seat entertainment package. Other goodies include a dual sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, power sliding doors, tri-zone climate control, plush interiors, et al. Moreover, the Kia Carnival is also provided with a variety of smart connectivity features which are offered at no cost in the first three years after purchase. The MPV is available in three colour shades namely- Aurora Black Pearl, Steel Silver and Glacier Pearl White.
Powering the Kia Carnival is a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 440 Nm. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Later this year, the local subsidiary of Kia will introduce the Sonet, a sub-4-metre compact SUV that will share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue and will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.