Naza Kia has officially launched the Kia Grand Carnival in the country. Previewed last year, the eight-seater MPV – known as the Sedona in other markets – makes its local debut in three variant forms, a 2,2 CRDI KX, 2.2 CRDI EX and a base, low-spec 2.2D.

All versions of the third-gen Carnival – which measures in at 5,115 mm long, 1,985 mm wide and 1,740 mm tall, with a 3,060 mm-long wheelbase – sold here use the same engine, a R 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel four-cylinder unit providing 190 hp at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. The mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior features common to all models are 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.

The highest-spec 2.2 CRDI EX adds on a roof rack, and gets a black radiator grill with chrome accents (on the KX and 2.2D, plain black). All variants also come dressed with 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/60 profile tyres – the 2.2D and KX’s units are finished in silver, while the EX’s are machined finished.

The base 2.2D is equipped with manually-operated sliding rear doors and a standard key fob, while the 2.2 CRDI KX brings power sliding doors, keyless operation (entry with push-start) into the equation. The 2.2 CRDI EX adds a smart power tailgate on top of that.

Inside, standard fit items include a 3.5-inch Supervision TFT-mono OLED instrument cluster, 4.3-inch TFT colour touchscreen entertainment system and a six-speaker audio system with USB and AUX-in connectivity, though Bluetooth isn’t included.

Other features include a tilt/telescopic steering wheel (leather on the EX), foot parking brake and auto cruise control, and there are manual sunshade blinds for the second and third row windows. Also, the KX and EX get a rear-view camera.

The 2.2 CRDI KX gets grey two-tone fabric seats, while the 2.2 CRDI EX ups these to beige two-tone leather units. Both the 2.2D and 2.2 CRDI KX come with manual air-conditioning, while the 2.2 CRDI EX gets a triple-zone automatic climate control with cluster ioniser. All three seat rows have their own set of ceiling-mounted air-conditioning vents.

Space is the selling point with this one – the second-row seats are foldable in a 40:20:40 split, and can be slid forwards for easier access to the third row. The rearmost seats, meanwhile, can be folded flat in a 50:50 split to accommodate bags and other cargo. Boot luggage space with seats up is 359 litres, going up to 2,718 litres with seats folded.

As for the front seats, the 2.2 CRDI KX (and 2.2D) are of the manual adjustment variety, with powered lumbar support being available for the driver side seat. Meanwhile, the 2.2 CRDI EX gets a powered 12-way front driver’s seat, with the passenger side being a manual unit.

Safety-wise, all variants of the Grand Carnival come equipped with six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, ABS and hill assist control as standard.

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). A quick note about the grand Carnival’s seat belt configuration – the 2.2D features two lap belts (centre seats on both second and third row), but both the 2.2 CRDI KX and EX have the full raft of three-point seatbelts.

Three colours are available for the Grand Carnival – Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl and Titanium Brown.

Finally, pricing. The Kia Grand Carnival is priced at RM153,888 for the entry-level 2.2D, while the 2.2 CRDI KX goes for RM169,888 and the range-topping 2.2 CRDI EX is priced at RM185,888. 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’ smart financing package.

GALLERY: Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 CRDI EX

GALLERY: Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 CRDI KX

GALLERY: Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D