Kia Motors is all set to launch it’s Carnival model at the AutoExpo 2020. Kia’s Carnival would be the second model in India coming shortly after the launch of it’s Seltoz. Going by the name, the Carnival is big in space and size. Kia is set to fill up long lasting gap in the sector of premium MPV. Over the decades, Toyota Innova was used for the purpose as it being the costly one compared to Suzuki Ertiga, Renault Lodgy and Mahindra Mazzaro. On the other hand, people who could put more money have Mercedes Benz V class. But both the cars had their obstacles like the style, capacity or even the price.
Seeing this as an opportunity to emerge in the Asian market Kia has decided to come up this sliding door MPV. Going back in history, every sliding door MPV was minimal in style and were more of cargo utility purposes. Cars like Suzuki Eeco, Tata Winger, many more come under the same category. Similarly, Mercedes has come up with V- class but the design factor remains low compared to other Benz models. Though the model’s main aim was to have meeting on wheels there was still a price factor that could not neglected.
Coming to the Carnival, there is a perfect blend of stylish body tone with the large size. Apart from looks, Kia says that the model will have lot more to offer. The Carnival has a very interesting face cut. The signature tiger nose grille with chrome finish and the stylish head lights with day time running LED DRLs. The significant ice cube fog lights add more to the premium look. To the Contrast, the side profile is rather sleak and simple with a bold shoulder line. The large wheelbase enhance the premium sedan look. The tail gate come rather simple with wrap up LED tail lights and chrome line above the number plate. On the whole, one could easily fall for it’s looks and sleaky design adds alot to the look.
Going with the size, one would definitely think of mansion space inside the car; No doubt, that’s true. With much more than imaginable, the car will best for party or meeting on wheels. The key aspect for any MPV is the leg and boot space. The Carnival comes with sliding doors but don’t worry as they are one touch power sliding doors. The premium MPV is also not too high to climb however, the seats have an option to slide sideways to bring closer to door and widen the space between captain seats to dive into the third row.
Interestingly, Kia offers 7, 8 and 9 seaters for the premium MPV. While the 7 seater gives premium sedan feel; the 8- seater gives a spacious genuine MPV look. However, the all new 9- seater variant would be best commercial or super large families. Interestingly, this reminds us the Tata Winger and we must see how the Carnival can match with commerical with the luxury amenities.
Also, one must forget about the boot unless the 4th row folds down. Additionally the leg space is minimal (best for children and medium height adults) at the 3rd and 4th rows. Surprisingly, though the 3rd and 4th row sits a bit low and there is leg room issue, folding them would clear nearly boot space of 2759L of boot space.
For the 8 and 9 seater, the folding of the 2nd row to get into last rows way unique as the seats stand flat creating wider space to get in. Also, the folding of last rows interesting. The seats fold flat to floor creating flat surface.
Being a premium MPV, there will be a long list of amenities. Sunroof, smart phone connectivity, leather upholstery, 8- inch touchscreen for oftainment systems, 10 inch LED display system for second row, three zone climate control system, and much more. The dashboard is simple with two glove boxes and three spoke steering wheel with all connections. The central console has many space holes and there is a wireless charger pad, glove boxes under the hand rest and of course charging ports for all three rows.
Additionally, the safety features include 6- airbags, ABS and ESC systems, cornering brake control, hill start assist, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and the list goes on.
Kai carnival has comes with an option of smart watch connectivity with the UVO technology. Using the smart watch one can start/ stop the engine, air purifier, check the fuel levels, window levels and many more.
Carnival would be offered in all new BS-6 compliant 2.2L diesel engine. It is all set lock horns with Toyota Innova Crysta and Velfire and of course the Mercedes Benz V- Class. Estimated to be priced between 25-35L (Ex- Showroom).