Naza Kia Malaysia is set to launch three new models in 2017, including the Grand Carnival, along with the fourth-generation Rio and Optima.

The big MPV has already made its way to showrooms, and although prices and specifications have been revealed, the Grand Carnival has yet to be officially introduced in Malaysia. Despite this, Nazman S.H.C Yusof, head of Naza Kia Malaysia says the reception to the model has been encouraging.

“We will launch the MPV very soon, and there are early buyers who will receive their Grand Carnival before the Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend,” he said. The Grand Carnival is offered in two variants – 2.2D and 2.2D GS – with the former being priced at RM153,888 while the range-topper retails for RM181,888 (OTR with insurance).

As for the all-new Rio, the B-segment model is a slightly larger car compared to its predecessor, and features significantly more Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) in its construction for improved safety. New styling inside and out, an updated kit list and a range of petrol engines are also part of the fourth-generation model’s offerings.

Finally, the long-awaited Optima will arrive this year, after it was first introduced at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The Optima gets an updated look that is inspired by the Sportspace concept, and is available with turbocharged and naturally-aspirated petrol mills in the US market.

For now, complete specifications of the Rio and Optima destined for Malaysia have yet to be revealed by the company, nor any indication of a timeline. On a related matter, the company has expressed interest in bringing in the Stinger. “If possible, we would like to bring in the Stinger to the Malaysian market, but it will have to depend on the demand and legibility,” said Nazman. Which new Kia model will you be looking forward to the most?