Kia launches all-new Carnival

Kia bridges gap between SUVs and people carriers with all-new Carnival

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kia Carnival
Grand Sedona
Kia Sorento

Kia have replaced their much loved Grand Sedona with the all-new Carnival. Fitting perfectly into the segment between SUVs and utilitarian people movers, the Carnival offers the best of both worlds in terms of advanced technologies as well as a new engine, platform and a luxurious cabin.

 

The modern design incorporates the brand’s visual language found on their line of SUVs such as the Sorento, Seltos and Sonet. Kia’s modernised tiger nose grille affords substantial width to the face and artfully integrates high-tech LED headlamps. A bold cutline runs the length of the vehicle, joining the front and rear lamps, while the SUV aesthetic is enhanced by the addition of a rear skid plate garnish and reflectors as well as 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.

 

Inside story

Inside, the three-row seven or eight seater offers premium levels of refinement, savvy technology and flexibility. Sleek design elements and quality materials come together to create a refined, harmonious, sophisticated space. The central stack boasts a premium finish thanks to high-gloss black surfaces. Integrated slim metal effect air vents add a modern touch that is enhanced by two-tone leather trim. With all the seats in the upright position the Carnival offers 1 139 litres of luggage space, which can be expanded to 4 110 litres with the removal of the second row and stowage of the third row.

 

Seven-seat versions offer two individual second-row chairs matching the front seats. On the mid-range EX+ derivative, Slide Flex seating for eight passengers allows multiple configurations including a sliding second row.

 

Innovative features include hands-free electric sliding side doors with Smart Key as well as a Smart Power liftgate with auto-close to make loading and unloading of the Carnival a doddle.

 

Under the bonnet

The Carnival is powered by Kia’s tried and tested 2.2-litre Smartstream CRDi turbodiesel engine that boasts 148kW at 3 800rpm and 440Nm from 1750rpm. Kia’s eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission seamlessly delivers this power to the front wheels.

 

As part of Kia’s overall commitment to safety, the Carnival features a comprehensive list of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems including Forward Collision Assist, Blindspot Collision Avoidance, rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Leeping Assist, Blindspot View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control and Around View Monitor.

 

Model line up and pricing

The all-new Carnival boasts four distinct trim levels with varying levels of specification badged EX, EX+, SX Limited. A Carnival SXL will further bolster the range in March this year.

 

Carnival 2.2 CRDi EX 8AT 7-Seater

R799 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi EX+ 8AT 8-Seater

R879 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi SX Limited 8AT 7-Seater

R999 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi SXL 8AT 7-Seater

R1 024 995

 

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