Kia Motors, a group company of South Korean automaker – Hyundai, is all set to mark its entry in the Indian market in 2019. The carmaker showcased its global product lineup at the Auto Expo 2018, and also confirmed that its first product will be the SP SUV Concept. According to a fresh report, the company is also considering the Kia Stonic compact SUV and Kia Carnival MPV (aka Kia Sedona) for the Indian market. However, there is no official word on the same.
Just so you know, the South Korean carmaker has established a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Initially, the plant will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units. The first product to roll out from Kia’s new production plant will be the SP compact SUV that will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta.
The Kia Carnival is already on sale in several global markets. The MPV measures over 5 meters in length and comes with multiple seating layouts – 7, 8 and 11. Its overall width stands at 1.98 meters, thus making it wider than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Sporting contemporary design and bold stance, the Kia Carnival is likely to be a more premium product than the Toyota Innova Crysta.
Feature-wise, the Kia Carnival MPV is a loaded machine. It gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation. Features such as an 8-speaker Krell premium audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated, sliding and reclining second row outer seats and ventilated and electrically adjustable 8-way front seats with 4-way power for the driver’s seat further enhance its comfort quotient. Read – Kia Rio To Challenge Maruti Baleno In India
Some of its key features include smart power tailgate, resistant cloth seats, three 12-volt power outlets, three USB ports, mobile phone wireless charging pad, power sliding doors, heated & ventilated seats and three zone climate control, engine start stop, stain resistant material seats, stand-up second row seating, etc. Check Out – Kia Soul Electric Compact SUV Pictures & Details
Packed with a range of passive and active safety features, the Kia Carnival (global-spec) has achieved 5-star ANCAP safety rating. The luxury MPV gets dual front and side airbags along with two side-curtain airbags, blind spot detection, lane change assist, forward collision warning system and high beam headlight assist are available as standard safety fitments. Read About – Kia Optima Sedan | Kia Stinger GT
On the exterior, the MPV features LED headlamps and fog lamps, heated mirrors, 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, a shark fin antenna, LED tail lamps, power sliding doors and hands-free smart power tailgate.
Globally, the Kia Carnival MPV is available with two engine options – 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel and Lambda II 3.3 MPI petrol. While the former delivers a peak power of 196bhp and 441Nm of torque, the latter one pushes out a top power of 264bhp against 317Nm of torque. Transmission duties are performed by a 6-speed automatic unit. Read – Kia Sorento 7-Seater SUV Launch & Other Details
In terms of proportions, the Kia Carnival is 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide and 1,755mm in height. The MPV comes with a wheelbase of 3,060mm ensuring spacious cabin for 7-8 adult occupants. It has a minimum ground clearance of 171mm. Despite being a 7-seater, this model offers a luggage capacity of 960-litres. The boot space can be further extended to 2,220-litres and 4,022-litres by folding 3rd and 2nd row respectively.
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