The Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D SX is now available in Malaysia and joins the locally-assembled MPV range as the new range-topping variant. Priced at RM188,888 (on-the-road, excluding insurance), it effectively replaces the EX, which means the Carnival is only available in KX (RM161k) or SX trim. Just to note, this is not the facelifted model, in case you’re wondering.

Before we get to the meat and potatoes, just keep in mind that the EX went for RM180,668, so the SX isn’t that much costlier. With that, it gets HID projector headlamps (up from halogen units), Diamond Glitter LED positioning lights, new Tiger Nose grille with chrome pins instead of the regular horizontal slats and a revised front bumper.

The lower front bumper is now equipped with projector fog lamps with chrome garnish, and the front and rear bumpers now come with skid plates. Elsewhere, it gets new 19-inch Chrome Sputtering alloys (upgraded from the EX’s 18-inch items) and two new paint colours – Blackberry, which replaces Titanium Brown in the colour palette, and Silky Silver, which is unique to the SX. The Snow White Pearl and Aurora Black Pearl colours can also be had.

Inside, the cabin gets luxurious two-tone burgundy leather seats with wood grain garnish. The eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities remain, but rear passengers now benefit from two headrest-mounted screens, part of the Rear Entertainment System with WiFi connectivity.

Just like the EX, the standard six-speaker setup continues to be offered here, and the driver’s seat still features 12-way power adjustability. However, the front passenger seat is also powered, and there’s a new sliding centre console tray in the second row – both features unique only to the SX. Other standard features include powered sliding rear doors, heated steering wheel, keyless entry with start and rear-view camera.

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For propulsion, motivation comes from the same 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that makes 190 hp at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. This is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

As with all Kia cars sold in Malaysia, 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. To find out more about the CKD Kia Grand Carnival, check out for the full list of equipment and specifications.