Auto Expo 2023: Kia has finally unveiled the new-generation Kia Carnival (KA4) in India. The automaker has been teasing the model on its social media channels for a long time now. The outgoing version, which made its debut at the previous iteration of the biennial auto show, will be replaced by the latest fourth-generation model. The new Kia Carnival's exterior includes body-coloured cladding, a completely new grille with brushed silver inserts, headlamps built into the grille section, new rectangular projector headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, wraparound two-piece LED tail lights, a brushed silver insert on the tailgate as well as dual-tone alloy wheels. For the overseas customers, the new Kia Carnival is available with three engine options - a 3.5-litre V6 MPi petrol, a new 2.2-litre Smartstream, and a 3.5-litre GDi V6 Smartstream.
While the 3.5-litre petrol engine generates 268bhp of maximum power with 332Nm of peak torque, the 2.2-litre and 3.5-litre Smartstream motors deliver 290bhp with 355Nm and 199bhp with 440Nm of maximum output, respectively. In India, the model will be powered by the current 2.2-litre diesel engine, which generates 200bhp and 440Nm. Its transmission functions will be handled by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
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On the inside, the new Kia Carnival (KA4) will feature a completely new interior boasting a 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment system and the instrument panel, a brand-new dashboard with wood trim, and a dual-tone Beige and Brown colour scheme. The centre console will also have a brand-new look. The next-generation Kia Carnival will continue to come standard with dual sunroofs, motorised folding back doors, and multi-zone climate control.
The new Carnival is 5,156mm long and 2,266mm wide, which makes it more longer and wider than the current model. The Kia Carnival (KA4) offers seating configuations of 7, 9 and 11. In India, the MPV will rival the likes of the newly launched Toyota Innova HyCross.
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For the time being, Kia will only showcase the new Carnival (KA4) at the Auto Expo 2023. The car will reportedly be launched in the Indian market sometime later. The price of the model might start at Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom) and could go up to Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom) for top-spec models.