KIA GRAND CARNIVAL MAKES GRAND COMEBACK
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.