The Kia Grand Carnival was first previewed at the at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) back in November, and now, the large eight-seat MPV has made its way to the Naza Kia Red Cube showroom in Petaling Jaya.

Two variants will be available to Malaysians – the 2.2D and 2.2D GS – with the former being priced at RM153,888 while the range-topper retails for RM181,888. All prices mentioned here are on-the-road with insurance, and come inclusive of a five-year/unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and Naza Kia’s ‘Value 5’ scheme.

Powering the Grand Carnival is a 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, providing 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. The mill is fitted on both the 2.2D, as well as the 2.2D GS, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

On the exterior, all variants of the Grand Carnival are fitted with projector halogen headlamps (with LED DRLs), front and rear fog lamps, LED-type rear combination lamps, electric-folding side mirrors (with LED indicators) and a shark fin antenna

Both also come with 18-inch alloy wheels (with 235/60 section tyres), which differ from the chromed, 19-inch units that were seen on the display car at MIECC. However, the 2.2D GS is differentiated from the base spec thanks to a front grille that features high-gloss black and white chrome accents, plus it comes with a roof rack.

Other items that are specific to the 2.2D GS include power sliding doors, keyless operation (entry with push start) and a smart power tailgate. These items are not found on the 2.2D, which instead gets a manually-operated sliding door and a standard key fob.

Proceeding inside, you’ll find leather seats instead of fabric ones in the base variant, along with a triple-zone automatic climate control with cluster ioniser (manual adjustment on the 2.2D).

Beyond that, both cars have the same interior kit list, where there is a 3.5-inch Supervision TFT-mono OLED instrument cluster, 4.3-inch TFT colour touchscreen entertainment system, rearview camera and six speakers.

Additionally, the front seats are manually adjusted, with lumbar support being available on the driver side. Second-row seats are foldable in a 40:20:40 split, and can be slid forwards for easier access to the third row. On that mention, the rearmost seats can be folded flat in a 50:50 split to accommodate larger cargo. All three seat rows have their own set of ceiling-mounted air-con vents.

Safety-wise, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), front and rear parking sensors, Electronic Stability Control, ABS and Hill Assist Control are standard on both variants. Also fitted are Isofix child seat mounts, with two located at the second row (outer seats) and one more at the third row (driver’s side).

Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D

Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D GS