Naza Kia has finally previewed the Kia Grand Carnival at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) today – the company has opened the order books for the massive eight-seater MPV ahead of its launch early next year.

The car shown here is the 2.2 CRDi diesel, and for those of you lamenting the fact that the diesel Sorento 2.2 LS is a low-spec model, you can rest easy knowing that the car shown here is of a high level of specification. It’s a behemoth as well – measuring 5,115 mm long, 1,985 mm wide and 1,740 mm tall, it’s a whole 40 mm longer than the already-commodious previous model; its wheelbase is 3,060 mm long.

Outside, the handsome Grand Carnival is seen here with xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch chrome wheels (similar to the ones on the petrol Sorento 2.4 HS) and LED combination tail lights. The car is also fitted with keyless entry, power-sliding doors on both sides and a powered tailgate.


Step inside and you’ll find beige and black leather upholstery with red stitching and white piping – a choice that strikes us as a little odd. The second-row seats pivot upwards to a near-vertical position to allow access to the third row, which itself can be stowed into the floor to increase cargo room.

The increase in dimensions is claimed to have enabled the Carnival to offer more front shoulder room, greater leg room in the first, second and third rows and a slightly higher hip-point than the previous model. Meanwhile, the boot measures a whopping 960 litres even with all seats up, expanding to 4,022 litres with the third row folded and the second-row seats pushed to a standing position.

Kit includes push-button start, cruise control, automatic headlight and wiper activation, triple-zone automatic climate control with cluster ioniser, powered lumbar support (although the seats themselves still feature manual adjustment), Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear parking sensors and a reverse camera.

Safety-wise, the Grand Carnival comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX child seat mounts on both second and third rows. Under the bonnet, the 2.2 litre R CRDi four-cylinder turbodiesel from the Sorento sends 193 PS and 440 Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.