Kia_Grand_Carnival-2

Kia launched two new models at GIIAS 2016, the new Sportage and the Grand Sedona. The fourth-generation Sportage QL was launched in Malaysia in May, and the Grand Sedona a.k.a. Grand Carnival could be coming soon to our shores.

The third-gen Sedona/Carnival, first seen in April 2014, is powered by a 3.3 litre V6 engine with 270 PS and 318 Nm of torque. The MPI unit is mated to a to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Elsewhere, the big MPV (5,115 mm long, nearly 2m wide) can also be had with a 202 PS/441 Nm 2.2 litre R CRDi turbodiesel or a 280 PS/336 Nm 3.3 litre naturally-aspirated GDI direct injection V6 unit.

Kia_Grand_Carnival-34

Three trim levels of the handsome eight-seat people carrier are available in the republic, and they are the Standard, Platinum and Ultimate, imported from South Korea and priced from 426 juta rupiah (RM130,760) to 482 juta rupiah (RM147,949), without on the road costs.

This sole show unit at GIIAS doesn’t look particularly high-spec as it wears “just” 18-inch wheels that look small under that hulk of a body. Standard kit on this Ultimate-spec car include six airbags, dual powered sliding doors, powered tailgate, two sunroofs, smart key, cruise control, auto headlamps and LED DRLs.

Should it appear in Malaysia, expect a longer spec list and a flashier appearance from bigger wheels. The 2.2L diesel should be a good match to the Carnival, which was sold in Malaysia in its first generation before changing its name to the Naza Ria.


GALLERY: US-market Kia Sedona