Next-Gen Kia Carnival India Launch In 2022

Next-Gen Kia Carnival India Launch In 2022

While Kia launched the third-gen Carnival in India in February 2020, the carmaker debuted the fourth-gen model globally in July 2020. Now, it seems like Kia is planning to launch the fourth-gen Carnival in India as well. Talking at a recent media roundtable, Kia India Executive Director and Chief Sales and Business Strategy Officer, Tae-Jin Park, reportedly said, “We are seriously considering what is the right time to bring the new-generation Carnival to the Indian market.” 

 

Next-Gen Kia Carnival

Based on a new platform, the new Carnival is bigger than the current model in every dimension. It is 40mm longer, 10mm wider and 20mm taller. It also has a 30mm longer wheelbase. 

 

New

Old

Length

5155mm

5115mm

Width

1995mm

1985mm

Height

1775mm

1755mm

Wheelbase

3090mm

3060mm

Boot Space (All seats up)

627L

540L


In terms of design, the new Carnival looks a lot sharper and aggressive than the outgoing model. Upfront, it features a more upright profile with slim headlamps flanking the chrome studded tiger-nose grille. The front bumper is also redesigned with a large central air dam and a thick chrome element running across the width with L-shaped fog lamp housing at both ends. 

The side profile looks clean with a sharp character line running across the length and a redesigned C-pillar. While the current model gets stepped window-line post the C-pillar, the new-gen model gets a stepped roofline. Coming to the back, the new Carnival features connected tail lamps and a huge bumper housing the faux skid plate, rear reflectors and reversing light. 

Like the exterior, the new Carnival also gets an all-new cabin that looks more premium and upmarket. The centre of attraction should be those connected AC vents with knurled metal finish. It also gets a freestanding touchscreen infotainment which is housed in the same housing as the digital instrument cluster. The new Carnival also gets a new steering wheel and a redesigned central instrument console. Globally, Kia offers the new Carnival in 7-,8- and 9-seater configurations like the current-gen model offered in India.

Under the hood, the new Carnival will get the same 2.2-litre diesel engine offered on the current model. It makes 200PS and 440Nm mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Globally, the Carnival is also offered with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine (294PS/355Nm) but it is not expected to make way to the India-spec model. 

Kia is expected to launch the fourth-gen Carnival in India in 2022. It is expected to be priced at a premium over the current model which retails from Rs 24.95 lakh to Rs 33.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to rival the top-spec variant of the Toyota Innova Crysta (Rs and serve as a more affordable alternative to premium MPVs like the Mercedes Benz V-Class and the Toyota Vellfire.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Saransh Goyal

He is an automobile engineer who likes to write. A born Tifosi, he follows Formula 1 and likes to keep up with upcoming technologies in the world of cars.

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