2022 Kia Carnival: Key highlights

2022 Kia Carnival: Key highlights

It was only a few months back that Kia Malaysia’s official distributor announced the availability of a locally-assembled version of Kia Carnival. The thing with the CKD version is that it's quite different from the previously available CBU counterpart. However, it is to be noted that all Kia Carnival variants except for the 11-seater are now locally-assembled.


  • In how many seating configrations is the Kia Carnival offered in Malaysia?

    The Kia Carnival CKD version is offered in three variants - 11-seater, 8-seater, and 7-seater.
  • Is the new Carnival MPV a safe and secure car?

    Kia Carnival offers a wide range of high-tech safety features that assures a truly safe drive, thus giving the owner complete peace of mind.
  • The Kia Carnival CKD version is offered in three variants - 11-seater, 8-seater, and 7-seater. Their prices are mentioned in the table below -



    2.2D 11-Seater

    RM 196,340

    2.2D 8-Seater Mid

    RM 231,228

    2.2D 8-Seater High

    RM 247,228

    2.2D 7-Seater High

    RM 261,228

    Let us now check out Kia Carnival's key highlights

    Picturesque sight

    Kia Carnival's key highlights

    The new Carnival is a great companion for all your picturesque moments. Helping the MPV become striking are design elements like the futuristic headlamps, tiger-nose grille, and rear combination tail lights with broad dramatic stripes. All these details establish a luxurious new design vernacular among the owners. Also, the car’s sleek body lines not only add to the design but are an integral part of the car’s aerodynamic bit. The expansive window totally compliments the car’s airy and open cabin.

    Versatile seating configuration

    Kia Carnival's seating configration

    Kia is offering the Carnival MPV in three seating configurations - 7, 8, and 11, all of which come with an accommodating and flexible cabin. Helping the car become super comfortable and accommodating for every passenger are its firm, welcoming seats, tasteful materials, and enviable headroom. Not to forget the easy sliding doors and adjustable seats, the cabin is engineered to make the ride joyful.

    Part of the setup is -

    Multi-function free mode seat, available for the 8-seater model only, with this the 2nd-row seat, can be turned to face the 3rd row. Or it can be turned or folded to create a shared table

    2022 Kia Carnival premium seats

    Premium relaxation seats, this one offers the 2nd-row passengers a first-class experience. In this mode the 2nd-row seat’s back reclines, leg supports lift & extends, and the seat base tilts upward.

    Ventilated & heated seats, making the seating environment even more comfortable are the 3-step adjustable ventilated and heated seats.

    2022 Kia Carnival boot space

    Luggage mode, get as much inside as you want by removing the 2nd and folding the 3rd-row seat.

    Advanced information technology

    2022 Kia Carnival interior

    The new Kia Carnival is surrounded by screens that will change the driving experience forever. While the cockpit is designed keeping the driver and the required key information in mind, the rest of the cabin takes care of the passengers' connectivity and entertainment needs.

    Part of the set-up is -

    2022 Kia Carnival instrument cluster

    12.3-inch Supervision Cluster, which provides the driver all the key information, thus helping them stay focused on the road.

    2022 Kia Carnival infotainment system

    12.3-inch Capacitive Touch-Screen, this one comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and helps passengers view and select audio sources, radio stations, and adjust audio quality.

    2022 Kia Carnival sound system

    Bose premium sound system, helps one feel the bass with its 12-speaker audio system which delivers an immersive sound experience thanks to the external amplifier.

    2022 Kia Carnival wireless charger

    Wireless charger, is now a given in premium cars. Just keep your device on the dedicated charging tray bin and get your phone charged wirelessly.

    Surround View Monitor, gives the driver the ease of pairing with its 360-degree surround views, high-resolution, and variable guidelines.

    Powerful, yet efficient engine

    2022 Kia Carnival engine

    The Carnival is powered by a 199hp/440 Nm Smartstream 2.2L Turbo diesel engine that apart from offering significant output is fuel efficient, all thanks to its reduced friction and advanced cooling. The drive is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth gear changes with more gear ranges.

    2022 Kia Carnival powertrain

    Part of the car powertrain configuration is an E-shift knob, paddle shifters, and a drive mode selector.

    Strong built

    New Carnival 3rd gen platform

    The Carnival is built on an integrated new platform that comes with technological advances such as improved body materials & chassis rigidity. All these things offer better protection in the event of a collision.

    Speaking specifically about 3rd gen platform, it standardized the arrangement of steering, powertrain, and cabin floor, thus resulting in a spacious cabin along with improved aerodynamics, stability, handling, and collision safety performance.

    New Kia Carnival chassis

    For the new model, Kia has used stronger, more formable steel in key areas that help the car better disperse collision forces.

    A high level of handling responsiveness and ride smoothness is assured by the car’s higher torsional rigidity.

    Impressive protection


    Kia Carnival offers a wide range of high-tech safety features that assures a truly safe drive, thus giving the owner complete peace of mind.

    The long list of safety features includes -

    7 airbags, protect the driver and occupants in the event of a collision (driver, driver’s knee, front passenger, two side-curtain, and two front-side)

    2023 Kia Carnival safety

    Hill-Start Assist Control, it prevents the car from rolling backwards

    Safe Exit Assist, it scans oncoming hazards before a passenger opens the sliding door to exit

    Rear Occupant Alert, it sounds an alert to remind rear seat occupants when exiting the car

    Carnival's Multi Collision Braking

    Multi Collision Braking, it engages automatic braking when an airbag is deployed

    Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, its rear corner radars detect the presence of cross traffic and alert the driver of the same

    2022 Kia Carnival features

    Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning, it uses cameras & radars to scan the road ahead of hazards

    Lane Keeping Assist, it offers both audio and visual alerts on indicating a lane change

    Lane Following Assist, it identifies lane boundaries using the front camera and automatically steers the car back in position

    2022 Kia Carnival vlind-spot collision

    High Beam Assist, it automatically turns on the headlights in low ambient lighting & turns them off to prevent blinding other drivers

    Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance, via audio-visual alerts and steering feedback this system prevents or reduces the risk of collision

    New Carnival's safety specs

    Smart Cruise Control, using a camera and front radar the system helps the car automatically maintain a safe distance from the car ahead

    Which Kia Carnival feature impressed you the most? Let us know in the comments.

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