The Kia Carnival is positioned as a premium MPV between the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Vellfire
The updated Carnival with the new Kia logo will be launched soon. The other two models offered by the South Korean brand in India – the Seltos and the Sonnet – have already been updated with the new badging. The premium MPV, unlike its SUV sibling, is offered as a completely built unit in the country.
To relive the memories, earlier this year, Kia announced its new brand strategy which included a new logo and branding. This brand strategy has been built globally across all Kia’s international markets.
new trim on offer
Kia will introduce a new limousine trim in the Carnival lineup while the existing limousine trim will be rechristened as Limousine Plus. The new limousine trim will be placed between the Prestige seven-seat variant and the Limousine Plus. Bookings for the new variant will start from this month, while its price will be announced on the day of launch, which could be mid-September.
The revised lineup will also come with some additional features. New premium artificial leatherette seats will be given in the Prestige trim. The new Limousine trim will be equipped with some premium features over the Prestige trim.
These include VIP seats wrapped in premium leather, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with UVO Connected Car Tech, ECM mirror connectivity, air purifier with virus protection and rear-seat entertainment. The top-spec Limousine Plus trim will be offered with a new alloy wheel design and more premium quality leather seats.
In India, Kia offers the luxury MPV with only one engine option. It is powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi diesel unit that churns out 200 Bhp and 441 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Currently, it is offered in three trims such as Premium, Prestige and Limousine and in multiple seating layouts such as seven-, eight- and nine-seater.
Currently, the Carnival is offered in three color schemes – Glacier White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl and Steel Silver. It is available at a starting price of Rs 24.95 lakh and goes up to Rs 33.95 lakh for the top-spec limousine variant (both prices are ex-showroom). The current Carnival is offered at a discount of Rs 3.75 lakh, which effectively brings the entry price down to Rs 21.2 lakh.
Kia has also reduced the discounts offered on the updated variants of the 2021 Carnival. Benefits of up to Rs 1.90 lakh are now being offered on the seven-seat variant of the Prestige while Rs 2.0 lakh discount is being offered on the Limousine and Limousine Plus trims.
All the dealerships have been informed about the waiting period of two months by the manufacturer. The South Quran carmaker will soon launch the new-gen model of the Carnival in India early next year. The new-gen model of the MPV has been on sale in the international markets for over a year now.