KIA GRAND CAR­NI­VAL MAKES GRAND COME­BACK

New Straits Times - - Cars Bikes & Trucks - AMIRUL HAZMI cbt@nst.com.my

NAZA Kia Malaysia - the of­fi­cial dis­trib­u­tor of Kia ve­hi­cles in Malaysia - has pulled the veil off the new Grand Car­ni­val. The full­size spa­cious multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle (MPV) had made its first lo­cal ap­pear­ance at an auto show back in Novem­ber last year.

The new third-gen­er­a­tion Grand Car­ni­val ar­rives in Malaysia in three vari­ants - 2.2CRDI D, 2.2CRDI KX and 2.2CRDI EX. All of them will be pow­ered by a 2.2-litre CRDI four-cylinder tur­bod­iesel en­gine with 190hp at 3,800rpm and 440Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,750rpm.

The ef­fi­cient oil-burner is mated to a six-speed torque-con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for both pow­er­ful and eco­nomic drive.

Mea­sures at 5,115mm long, 1,740mm high and 1,985mm wide, the new Grand Car­ni­val fea­tures a wide, up­right “Tiger Nose” grille, sim­i­lar to other Kia mod­els.

The Peter Schreyer trade­mark grille is flanked by wrap­around head­lights and framed fog lights, giv­ing it a solid front face.

At the rear, the Grand Car­ni­val gets wide light emit­ting diode (LED) rear com­bi­na­tion tail lights and a broad metal sur­face to em­pha­sise its bold char­ac­ter. It rides on 18-inch al­loy wheels (clear sil­ver on KX, ma­chine-fin­ished on EX).

Other fea­tures such as gar­nished doorstep, elec­tric fold­ing wing mir­rors, power slid­ing doors, shark fin an­tenna and pow­ered tail­gate are also fit­ted as stan­dard. How­ever, the roof racks are unique to the range-top­ping EX.

In­te­rior is def­i­nitely the Grand Car­ni­val’s big card. The dash­board boasts wide ar­chi­tec­ture with mod­ern ap­peal.

In front of the driver is a mul­tifunc­tion steer­ing wheel and an in­stru­ment clus­ter equipped with a 3.5-inch TFT Mono or­ganic light-emit­ting diode (OLED) dis­play.

While the D and KX re­ceives two-tone grey fab­ric seats, the EX gains two-tone beige leathers. Com­ple­ment­ing this is pow­ered eight-way driver’s seat with four-way lum­bar sup­port ad­justa­bil­ity.

The Grand Car­ni­val will be able to com­pre­hen­sively cater dif­fer­ent fam­ily life­styles as the sec­ond row seats are ca­pa­ble of 40:20:40 split-fold­ing and 60:40 for the third row seats.

En­hanc­ing the prac­ti­cal­ity are plenty of con­ve­nience kits which in­clude sun­shade blinds, con­ver­sa­tion mir­rors, an il­lu­mi­nated glove box, USB charger out­lets, rear air vents, head rest ad­justers, six cup hold­ers and three-point seat­belts all around the cabin.

In­fo­tain­ment is served by a 4.3-inch TFT LCD colour dis­play touch­screen head unit com­plete with USB port and six speak­ers.

In the safety depart­ment, the Grand Car­ni­val is well-gov­erned by six airbags (dual front, side and cur­tain), ISOFIX child seat an­chors, anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS), elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (ESC) and Hill-start As­sist Con­trol (HAC).

Group chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Naza Cor­po­ra­tions Hold­ings Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Sam­son Anand Ge­orge said at the launch: “The stylish eight-seater MPV is de­signed to ap­peal not only to the trendy and con­tem­po­rary fash­ion­able seek­ers but cus­tomers of all ages and fam­i­lies that are drawn to very ac­tive out­door life­style.”

Naza Kia Malaysia has in­tro­duced a new smart fi­nanc­ing pack­age - the Kia Value 5 Plus - on top of the five-year man­u­fac­turer war­ranty for the new Grand Car­ni­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.kia.com.

Datuk Naz­man Yu­sof, head of com­pany, Naza Kia Malaysia (left) and Datuk Sam­son Anand Ge­orge, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, au­to­mo­tive, Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings Sdn Bhd at the launch­ing of the Kia Grand Car­ni­val.

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