Kia Motor is reportedly working on a four seater version of the premium MPV Kia Carnival. The new version is expected to launch in the second haft of this year.
At the 2020 Auto Expo earlier this year, Kia launched its second product for the Indian market, the Kia Carnival premium MPV, at a starting price of Rs 24.95 lakh (ex-showroom). In our market, the new MPV from South Korean carmaker is positioned between the Toyota Innova Crysta and Mercedes Benz V Class. The Carnival goes under the name Sedora in other markets. In its mother country, Kia is developing a luxury four-seater version of this MPV, which is expected to go on sale in the second-haft of 2020.
Four-seater Kia Carnival will be launched in the second haft of 2020
Even though the information about the upcoming premium four-seater is limited, there is no doubt that Kia will offer some top-notch features on this special variant of Kia Carnival. It is also reported that Kia is working on the next-generation of the MPV but it's not clear whether the four-seater Kia Carnival will be based on the outgoing model or as the last attempt to boost the popularity of the current model.
The premium MPV with lounge-like interior will not come at a cheap price. It is expected to command a significant premium over the Limousine variant of the current-gen Kia Carnival. However, the increased price should be justified by the fully-loaded and exorbitant interior. In fact, with many more features, the four-seater Kia Carnival come across as a real bargain when compared to Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes S-Class.
The India-spec Kia Carnival is powered by 2.2-litre BSVI four-cylinder diesel motor that churns out a maximum power of 197 PS and a peak torque of 440Nm. It comes with an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Even though it is available with only one powertrain offering, the Kia Carnival is offered in multiple seating configurations, with layouts ranging from seven-seater, eight-seater to nine-seater. In the foreseeable future, a four-seater version will be added to the range, thereby not only increasing the number of seating configuration options but also making the MPV appropriate a chauffeur-driven executive. In our market, Kia Carnival is stacked up against the best-selling MPV Toyota Innova Crysta, though it's definitely a tad pricier.
Kia Carnival is offered as a premium MPV vehicle in our market
Kia’s India range currently includes only two models- Seltos and Carnival. The Kia Seltos has beens a massive success and has emerged as the segment-leading model of its class. Following the Kia Seltos, Kia Carnival has also received a certain recognition in the market with some decent sales figures to boast.