India model’s focus to be on rear seat comfort; pricing will be Rs 2-3 lakh more than the Innova Crysta.

Kia Motors India has been studying the possibility of bringing the Grand Carnival MPV to India. The model is now almost certain to be part of Kia’s India line-up by 2020. The Grand Carnival MPV (also known as Carnival and Sedona in some markets) was part of Kia’s expansive Auto Expo line-up and received a surprisingly positive response from showgoers. Kia Motors India’s market research indicates the MPV could sell over 1,000 units a month.

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The Kia Grand Carnival is a five-door MPV that is available globally in seven-, eight-, nine- and even a unique eleven-seat configuration. For India, the seven-seat version seems most likely and the focus will be on middle-seat comfort. Kia does offer a version of the Carnival with captain’s chairs for the middle row, with retractable footrests, and it’s likely this would be the configuration for India.

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Being 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide and 1,755mm in height, the Grand Carnival is significantly larger than the Toyota Innova Crysta (L: 4,735mm, W: 1,830mm, H:1,795mm). It is learnt that the  Carnival will be positioned above the Innova Crysta, and will be priced at a premium of Rs 2-3 lakh, with a target starting price in the region of Rs 22 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom). The Grand Carnival could be loaded with tech and equipment like dual-sunroof, three-zone climate control, front and curtain airbags and multiple USB charging ports.

The Carnival for India will only be offered with a diesel engine. In international markets, the Carnival gets a 200hp, 2.2-litre diesel, though the final spec for India could change. Kia is following a top-down approach for its MPVs in India, and is studying the Mahindra Marazzo before it decides on a smaller model.

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The first Kia for India will be the production version of the SP Concept that will go on sale in 2019. The SUV will be followed by a compact SUV, which will get its reveal at Auto Expo 2020

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