Kia Malaysia has officially released the pricing for the facelifted Kia Grand Carnival. Two variants are available – the entry-level KX is priced at RM155,888 and the range-topping SX costs RM184,888. Both are on-the-road prices sans insurance.

Mechanically, both MPVs are powered by the same 2.2 litre CRDI four-cylinder turbodiesel engine from before, making 200 PS and 441 Nm of torque. A new eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the older six-speed unit, is employed to send power to the front wheels.

To recap, the midlife update brings a few changes to the table, most notably the redesigned front and rear end and an electronic parking brake (no more foot brake). Design-wise, the Grand Carnival KX gets the same “tiger nose” grille (the SX gets a mesh grille insert) as before, and it gets a pair of redesigned headlamps with LED daytime running lights and halogen projector units.

The SX, on the other hand, gets auto-levelling LED headlamps with LED DRLs and “ice cube” LED fog lamps instead of halogen projectors on the KX. At the back, there are new graphics for the LED tail light clusters, as well as a new bumper design with integrated reflectors and fog lamps. The KX’s 18-inch alloy wheels are a new design, and the SX gets a two-tone version of these rollers instead of the previous chrome 19s.

On the inside, standard features include manual fabric seats with two-way powered lumbar adjustment, electrochromic rear-view mirror, sunshade blinds for the second and third row seats, USB and auxiliary inputs, powered sliding doors as well as leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The SX gets woodgrain trim.

For the KX, there’s a 3.5-inch multi-info display, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionalities, triple-zone auto climate control, a proximity-based handsfree Smart Tailgate and heated steering wheel. Also added here are USB fast-charging port and a large storage compartment behind the centre console.

The SX gets upgraded to a seven-inch Supervision multi-info display, eight-way powered front seats with driver’s side memory, Qi wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones and leather upholstery. A new Active Eco mode (standard for both models) has been integrated into the revised centre tunnel which, when depressed, will optimise the engine, transmission and air-conditioning for fuel efficiency.

Safety-wise, the SX gets the new Blind Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and Hill-start Assist Control, and both models get six airbags, stability control and three Isofix points – two on the outer middle row, and one more on the driver’s side of the last row. Available colours are Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, Silky Silver and Panthera Metal.

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