A 6, 7, and 8-seater Kia Carnival on the course for an Indian launch at the Auto Expo 2020.
The India-bound Kia Carnival price could be around Rs 30 lakh mark.
Kia plans to wean customers away from the expensive cars like Mercedes-Benz V-Class and the Toyota Vellfire.
Kia Motors plans to launch the Kia Carnival in India at an attractive price that could be around Rs 30 lakhs. The MPV will also come with three seating configurations, 6, 7, and the 8-seater arrangements. One can expect the launch at the Auto Expo 2020 in Noida between February 7 and 12, 2020.
The Kia Carnival is already available in the global markets as Sedona (in the US). Internationally, it is available in the 7, 8, and 11-seater arrangements. However, the Indian version could come with a 6, 7, and 8-seater configuration.
Kia plans to attract premium customers who look for a higher degree of luxury by opting for expensive MPVs like Mercedes Benz V-Class or the Toyota Vellfire. The high-end variants of the Kia Carnival could come with comparable luxurious offerings like the 10.1-inch screens, UVO connectivity suite, dual-sunroofs, power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 3-zone climate control system with a lot of safety features thrown in, as well. The Kia Carnival will feature power-sliding rear doors in its top-end variants.
Showcased earlier as a crucial part of Kia’s expansion set up at the previous Auto Expo, this model will be a reworked version. Kia aims to establish itself as a premium brand. Hence, it is not looking to push the numbers in India. Its target is the high net-worth clientele.
The Kia Carnivaldimensions will be 5115mm x 1985mm x 1740mm (LxWxH) with a 3060mm wheelbase. It will thus be longer than the Toyota Innova Crysta by 135mm.
The India-bound MPV will feature a BSVI-compliant 2.2L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine capable of delivering a power of 202hp and torque of 441Nm. The engine mates with a 6-speed auto transmission system. It is uncertain whether Kia will introduce the manual variant.
The assembly of the Kia Carnival will be at Anantapur. The six and seven-seater variants will compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta, whereas the premium 6-seater version plans to pull customers away from Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Toyota Vellfire.
The pricing could be around Rs 30 lakhs.