All-new 2024 Kia Carnival: What’s new

All-new 2024 Kia Carnival: What’s new

Revising a model as per the taste and preference of the consumer is important, however, more crucial is to ensure that the car is at par with the competitors. Kia is known for its smart design language and the bucket load of features it offers in its cars at a competitive price. Staying true to its nature, the brand recently revamped the Carnival SUV globally last year. However, it is to be noted that what we are getting is not the same version.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • In how many varints is the 2024 Carnival offered in Malaysia?

    The all-new Carnival is offered in three trim options namely 2.2D 11-seater, 2.2 D 8-seater High, and 2.2-litre 7-seater High.
  • How much does the 2024 Carnival cost?

    The new Carnival is offered in three trim options (2.2D 11-Seater, 2.2D 8-Seater High, and 2.2D 7-Seater High) with their price ranging from RM 198,500 to RM 259,888.
  • What powers the new Kia Carnival?

    Powering the all-new Carnival is a Smartstream 2.2-litre turbo, CRDi, 4-inline cylinder, DOHC engine making a maximum power output of 199 hp at 3,800 rpm along with a peak torque of 440 Nm from between 1,750-2,750 rpm.
  • Kia cars in Malaysia are managed by Dinamika Jaya Motors (a subsidiary of Bermaz Auto) and they have introduced what can be said as the pre-facelift Carnival model in Malaysia. And the revised Carnival is now open for booking in the country!!!

    So, the big question is, what’s new with the 2024 Kia Carnival? Here are a few key pointers -

    • The Malaysian-spec Carnival is now available in three variants and not four like before. Kia has dropped the 2.2D 8-seater mid-trim from the lineup
    • Earlier the Carnival was offered in five exterior color choices, now it is offered in only four tones
    • 18-inch wheels sported in the 2.2D 8-Seater High and 2.2D 7-Seater High variants are replaced by new 19-inch black alloy wheels
    • The cabin now sports a black and gray leatherette seat upholstery
    • The 2.2D 8-Seater High and 2.2D 7-Seater High specs sheet now includes Kia’s blind spot monitoring system called the Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) system

    CARNIVAL

    That is all that is ‘new’ with the 2024 model year Kia Carnival in Malaysia. Not much, huh. But what about the price, are there any significant changes compared to the 2022 Carnival? Let us compare -

    Variants/Price

    2024 Carnival

    2022/2023 Carnival

    2.2D 11-Seater 

    RM 198,500

    RM 215,228

    2.2D 8-Seater High

    RM 245,888

    RM 247,228

    2.2D 7-Seater High

    RM 259,888

    RM 261,228.80

    2.2D 8-Seater Mid

    Discontinued 

    RM 231,228

    Hurry! Seems like there is a slight cut in the Carnival prices compared to the previous-gen model.

    Note: All the prices mentioned are on the road without insurance. Each purchase is accompanied by a five-year/100,000km warranty and service package.

    Now that we have discussed the new Carnival add-ons (compared to the previous-gen model) in brief, it is time to study the SUV in detail.

    2024 Kia Carnival: In detail

    Price and Variants

    The new Carnival is offered in three trim options (2.2D 11-Seater, 2.2D 8-Seater High, and 2.2D 7-Seater High) with their price ranging from RM 198,500 to RM 259,888.

    Engine specification

    Powering the all-new Carnival is a Smartstream 2.2-litre turbo, CRDi, 4-inline cylinder, DOHC engine making a maximum power output of 199 hp at 3,800 rpm along with a peak torque of 440 Nm from between 1,750-2,750 rpm. Paired with the mill is an 8-speed automatic (E-Shift) that sends power to the wheels.

    Performance

    The mechanical setup allows the SUV to attain a top speed of 190 kmph and a mileage of 6.6l/km.

    Braking and handling

    Kia cars are known for their smooth running and handling which it attains via its chassis.

    Brake

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Struts

    Rear: Multi-link

    Steering 

    Motor Driven Power Steering

    Turning diameter

    5.85 meter

    Wheels

    19-inch alloy; 17-inch (spare)

    Dimensions

    Being an SUV, the new Carnival showcases a pretty impressive measurement that surely gives it an upper hand in the market over its counterparts.

    Length

    5,155 mm

    Width

    1,995 mm

    Height

    1,775 mm

    Wheelbase

    3,090 mm

    Ground Clearance

    172 mm

    Exterior Features

    The new Carnival is loaded with a number of stunning and utility features which includes several options like -

    • Dual LED headlight with auto on/off function, manual leveling
    • LED Daytime Running Lights
    • LED rear combination tail lights
    • LED front fog lights
    • Rear fog lights (bulb)
    • Rain-sensing wipers with variable intermittent function
    • Rear wiper & washer
    • Smart keyless entry
    • ORVM with power-adjustable, folding, turn indicators, and heated function
    • Dual power sliding smart doors
    • Dual power sunroof with sliding & tilt glass
    • Smart power tailgate
    • Four parking sensors at the front & rear

    2024 KIA Carnival Malaysia

    Cabin Features

    The new Carnival is offered in three variant options each with its own seating layout, including an 11-seater option, an 8-seater option, and a 7-seater option. Taking passenger comfort, convenience, and infotainment needs to the next level are factors like -

    • Driver seat with 8-way power adjustment with 4-way lumbar adjustment, heated & ventilation function
    • Passenger seat with 8-way power adjustment
    • 8-seater variable with detachable 2nd row seats (multi-function free mode), and long sliding feature
    • 7-seater variable with premium relaxation seats with center walk-through and long/lateral sliding
    • 12.3-inch capacitive touch screen with voice recognition
    • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
    • Bluetooth Hands-Free phone & audio capability
    • Dual-zone front and single-zone auto air-conditioning
    • 12 speakers
    • 7 USB ports
    • Surround view monitor
    • Wireless charger
    • Bose charger

    In addition to this array of lifestyle-enhancing features, the new Carnival comes packed with drive-supporting gears like an engine start/stop button, electronic parking brake, steering mounted controls (audio & Bluetooth hands-free), cruise control with auto-dimming, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, one-touch power window with anti-pinch, paddle shifters, and drive mode selection switch.

    Safety

    As expected, this Kia also packs an array of safety features that keep the driver and passenger safe and sound. The kit includes -

    • SRS airbags (driver, front passenger, front side, front & rear curtain, driver knee)
    • Anti-lock Braking System
    • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
    • Brake Assist
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Traction Control System
    • Multi-Collision Brake Control
    • Hill-start Assist Control
    • Auto Hold Function
    • Auto Door Lock
    • Rear Occupant Alert

    While the above-mentioned safety features might sound common, the SUV also locks several advanced safety features including -

    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Blind-Spot View Monitor
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Lane Following Assist
    • Smart Cruise Control

    Impressive, right? While the new Carnival is an impressive offering, we hope to see the globally updated 4-gen version soon in Malaysia.

    Also Read: Kia EV9 arrives in Singapore; Malaysia next?

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