All new 2021 Carnival is fully imported from South Korea.
Kia in Malaysia is not longer under Nasim (parts of the Naza Group). After more than two decades of promising sales and huge market expectance, the Kia brand in Malaysia has moved to a subsidiary of Berjaya Auto (BAuto), called Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn Bhd which is to be the new sole distributor for the Kia brand in Malaysia.
Three new Kia models are currently planned under this new revival of the brand locally. Both the Seltos compact crossover and this 2021 Carnival MPV have already been slated to begin local assembly some time in 2022, while the third model to be locally assembled will only be determined by the automaker at a later stage.
The new Kia brand guardian has just announced that the all new Kia Carnival is ‘open for booking’ but the selling price has not been shared. This new Carnival MPV will replace the out-going popular model that sold very well. Priced from RM165,888, the previous model was launched in Malaysia sometime in March 2017 and in 2018 it won the ‘Luxury MPV Of The Year’ award.
Meanwhile, this All-new Kia Carnival is the fourth generation MPV which was designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.
This new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer hood. Its increased wheelbase also contributes to greater space throughout the cabin, while giving the car a longer, slightly more athletic silhouette. The result is a side profile that reveals the Carnival’s more dynamic DNA.
This is emphasized by a simple yet bold character line which runs along the length of the car, linking the front and rear lamps. Beneath this clear line, the Carnival features a more prominent sense of volume to its bodywork, with bold wheel arches and sharp lines along the body giving it a more sculpted appearance.
The Carnival features a new ‘tiger face’ which extends across the width of the vehicle. This confident, more futuristic face seamlessly integrates the lamps with Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Kia’s designers have dubbed this ‘symphonic architecture’, with the design of the front bringing together a range of detailed, technical features to create a sense of harmony and structural energy. T
The Carnival’s headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) form a unique light signature. The high-beam lamps are integrated into the corner of the tiger-nose grille, with the low-beam lamps sitting separately, at the outer edges of the front of the car. Between them, the DRLs wrap around the Carnival’s turn signal lamps, then plunge downwards, merging with the grille’s lower chrome border.
At the rear, the Carnival boasts a wide, distinctive new design which uses full-width lines to emphasize the car’s sense of solidity. These lines include the sleek combination lamps, which echo the same details as the DRLs at the front of the car, integrated into a full-width light.
Within, the Carnival’s sleek design elements and quality materials come together to create a refined and sophisticated interior space. The center fascia takes on a premium image with high-gloss black surfaces. A chrome garnish runs the length of the dash to create a sense of space and openness in the forward cabin. Integrated slim metal air vents are a modern touch.
In addition to the Carnival’s elevated interior styling, the all-new MPV offers plenty of space for 11-passenger flexibility, offering comfort for long trips.
The Carnival also offers a roster of special and innovative features to make travel easier, safer, and more enjoyable. These features include Smart Power Sliding doors and Smart Power Liftgate, Smart Key with one-button open/close functionality for rear sliding doors and liftgate. Other standard interior features include a class leading 12.3-inch High-resolution LCD Touchscreen Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless smartphone charging and multi-Bluetooth connectivity and up to seven USB ports.
In terms of the vehicle body structure, the all-new Kia Carnival is built based on the all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform that is lighter, stronger and quieter. Key improvement areas include the expanded use of hot-stamped parts and ultra-high-strength steel for increased average tensile strength and torsional stiffness that result in better driving dynamics. Greater application of sound absorbing and insulating materials to minimize road, wind, and engine noise. Aerodynamic improvements to wheels, front bumper, and mirrors to achieve better fuel economy.
As part of Kia’s overall commitment to safety, the Kia Carnival comes with a host of standard safety and advanced safety features. Standard safety technologies in the all-new Carnival includes 7 SRS Airbags (Front Driver & Passenger, Driver Knee, Side and Curtain), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Multi-Collision Brake Control (MCB), ISOFIX Child Restraint Anchor Points and Top Tethers as well as Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
In terms of advanced safety, the Kia Carnival comes equipped with Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA). For the BCW, under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. Whereas for RCCA, the system helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver.
The All-New Carnival features comes equipped with a 2.2L Turbo Diesel Engine mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission, controlled by an electronic shifter. The 2.2L engine produces 199 horsepower at 3,800 RPM and 440 Nm of torque from just 1,750 – 2,750 RPM. It offers smooth, linear acceleration and a premium performance driving feel.
The All-New Kia Carnival is currently CBU from South Korea. The colour line-up includes Astra Blue, Silky Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, Snow White Pearl, Panthera Metal and Flare Red; making a total of 6 colours available.
Price for the All-New Kia Carnival will be announced at a later date. The vehicle is now officially open for booking and come with a 5-Years Manufacturer Warranty + 5-Years Free Maintenance according to manufacturer’s standards inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants. Both Manufacturer Warranty and Free Maintenance have a coverage period of five years and a mileage limit of 100,000km, whichever comes first.