Naza Kia has announced the arrival of the locally-assembled Kia Grand Carnival, now available in two trims – KX and EX – instead of the CBU’s three-flavoured line-up. The entry-level KX, priced at RM161,191.63, now forms the base of the range, while the range-topper is priced at RM180,667.99.

Both above-mentioned prices (on-the-road without insurance) are the same as before, and the company is giving more features, such as an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This is an upgrade from the previous 4.3-inch touchscreen unit, and the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This means users can now access their smartphone functions including GPS navigation, calls, messages and multimedia playback.

Also part of the upgraded kit list is the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, with controls built into the steering wheel. Other standard features include electro-chromic rear view mirror, fitment of aero blade wipers as well as a new tri-zone climate control function with cluster ioniser (standard on the EX) for the cheaper KX variant. Elsewhere, the kit count for both variants remains as per the CBU version.

To recap, the KX gets grey two-tone fabric seats, while the EX ups these to beige two-tone leather units. All three seat rows have their own set of ceiling-mounted air-con vents. The second-row seats fold in a 40:20:40 split, and can be slid forwards for easier access to the third row. The third row seats feature a 50:50 split. Boot space with all seats up is 359 litres, but this can be expanded up to 2,718 litres with the seats folded.

For RM20k more, the EX nets one a roof rack, black radiator grille with chrome accents (plain black for the KX) smart power tailgate, machine-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 12-way powered seat (driver’s seat only).

In terms of safety, both are fitted 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 three Isofix child seat mounts (two on the outer seats of the second row and one in the third row).

The mechanicals remain unchanged – power comes from a 2.2 litre four-cylinder CRDi turbodiesel, making 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.

As with all Kia cars sold here, the Grand Carnival comes with a five-year/unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and the company’s ‘Value 5’ smart financing package.

Find out what we think of the 5.1-metre-long eight-seater in our video review below, and to find more details about the locally-assembled Kia Grand Carnival, check out for a full list of its specifications.

GALLERY: 2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 CRDI EX (CKD)