The new Kia Carnival will be launched in India as a solid contender to the popular Toyota Innova Crysta and will come in the form of a seven-seat configuration.
As regulars here would know, Indianauto'snews section has been buzzing with updates on Kia India. In the recent development, it has come to light that Kia’s second product for India will be the Kia Carnival MPV. Recently, the South Korean brand has marked its first step into the Indian market with the introduction of the Kia Seltos, which is receiving a staggering response from car buyers. Now, the company is planning to introduce a mild update of the Carnival in our country and the launch has been confirmed for early 2020. The Kia Carnival (christened as Sedona in some countries) will be Kia’s second car for our market, after the Seltos’s launch.
Kia's second product for India, after the Seltos, is the Carnival MPV that has been on sale in the international markets already.
Targeted to be a viable alternative to the like of Toyota Innova Crysta, the Kia Carnival is expected to be a more premium offering from the South Korean brand and will slot above the Toyota in the segment. With the impressive length, width and height of 5,115 mm, 1,985 mm and 1,740 mm, the Carnival is certainly a hulking muscular athlete in the competition. It is significantly longer and wider than the Innova Crysta by 380 mm and 155 mm, respectively and so generous on the inside that allows it to be configured in three layouts, either a seven-seat, eight-seat or even eleven-seat configuration. Note that the India-spec model might get a seven-seater version only. Its wheelbase exceeds the three-metre mark, at 3,060 mm, which makes it much longer than that of the Innova Crysta by a considerable margin. The boot space is enormous and there’s also a fair bit of roominess at the rear, even with three rows folded up.
The Kia Carnival will come to stack up against the like of the Toyota Innova Crysta in the premium MPV segment.
The all-new Kia Carnival will come up with a long list of premium features and equipment, including Kia UVO in-car connectivity feature, a big touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable driver seats, two sunroofs, three-zone temperature control and a host of safety fitments.
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The India-spec Carnival is likely to be powered by with a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, churning out 202 HP of max power at 3,800 rpm and 44 Nm of peak torque at 1,750- 2,750 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox along with an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Reports have suggested that the all-new Kia Carnival would be partly assembled in India while its engine might be fully imported to the country. The upcoming Carnival is due to have its debut at the 2020 Auto Expo and is expected to go on sale at a later stage with the estimated price range of Rs 25-26 Lakh (ex-showroom).