The minivan is a family car and has been so for decades in the past. The entire family, right from the children to the grandparents, all of them hop into the minivan and off it goes on a weekend trip to the park or some other fun destination. However, the minivan doesn’t necessarily have to be austere in its use and form, as it is often the journey that is more important than the destination.
And that is exactly what the Kia Carnival has done to the idea of a minivan. First introduced in 1998, the Kia Carnival is now in its third generation and has only recently received a facelift. The best part, however, is that the Carnival is all set to arrive in India and will be launched at the Auto Expo 2020 (bookings have already commenced).
Available in 3 seating combinations and 5 trims (premium 7-seater, prestige 7-seater, premium 8-seater, prestige 9-seater, and limousine VIP 7-seater), the Kia Carnival is a pretty large car. Its size and seating combinations, however, are only first of the many things that make the Kia Carnival so special. Not extravagant in design on the outside, the Carnival yet has a lot of premium features, including 18” crystal cut alloys (sputtering alloys for the VIP version), a cool headlamp cluster and single touch powered sliding doors, not to mention the dual sunroof that completely transforms the ambiance inside the cabin.
Just as austere the Carnival looks on the outside; it is just as posh and elegant on the inside. The 7-seater VIP Limousine version has 10.1” entertainment screens for the rear seats as well, apart from an 8-speaker sound system from Harman Kardon and the upholstery is all made from premium Napa leather. The seats in the rear get some nice leg support with ample legroom. Not only does the 8” touchscreen infotainment system come with navigation support, but it is also equipped with UVO to connect technology that allows you to connect your smartphone or smartwatch to the Carnival, providing you with 37 features at your disposal.
Beneath the hood, the Kia Carnival is powered by a mighty 2.2L BS6 compliant diesel engine that churns out a cool 200PS of power and 440Nm of torque at maximum, all of this mated to an 8-Speed Sportsmatic Transmission. Well, for a car this big and spacious, you’re going to need all the juice you can get. But for all the power and speed, the Kia Carnival is a pretty safe car as well, with side and curtain airbags to protect passengers in the rear, apart from the usual ones for the driver and passenger. These, coupled with its high-strength steel body and features such as Electronic Stability Control, ISOFIX Child Anchor, disc brakes on all wheels and Hill Start Assist Control, make the Kia Carnival as family-safe as it can be. With the Auto Expo 2020 coming up next month, we just can’t wait to watch the new Kia Carnival stand proud in its majestic display.