It’s been nearly three months since full specifications and pricing for the Kia Grand Carnival have been released, and yet the big eight-seater MPV still hasn’t gone on sale. That’s set to change fairly soon as Naza Kia has confirmed that the car will finally be launched in the first quarter of this year – with that timeframe nearly coming to a close, the event will have to occur within the next month.

The company claims that the introduction of the Grand Carnival will spearhead its sales direction for this year, after a difficult 2016. “For 2017, we have forecasted our sales volume to increase by 25% and the all-new Grand Carnival will play a pivotal role in achieving this target,” said Naza automotive group chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George.

The local range will consist of two diesel-powered variants, with on-the-road (inclusive of insurance) pricing estimated to be RM153,888 for the base model and RM181,888 for the top spec, per the preliminary price list provided by a dealer. A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty will be included, along with Naza Kia’s new Value 5 scheme that guarantees the car’s future value after five years.

Standard kit includes projector halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights, LED tail lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there are manual fabric seats with powered lumbar adjustment, manual sliding doors, a Supervision instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch monochrome OLED multi-info display, a 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a reverse camera and six speakers.

Punting for the GS model nets you gloss black and chrome front grille inserts, keyless entry, push-button start, power-sliding doors, leather upholstery, triple-zone automatic climate control and a powered tailgate.

Safety-wise, both models come standard with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist, front and rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second and third row. Our cars will have three-point seat belts for all passengers, rather than the lap belts for the centre seats as shown in these pictures.

Power comes from a 2.2 litre CRDi four-cylinder turbodiesel, pushing out 193 PS at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. All that is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

GALLERY: Kia Grand Carnival low spec (pre-production)


GALLERY: Kia Grand Carnival high spec (pre-production)