2022 Kia Carnival open for booking in Malaysia – live photos of CBU 11-seater MPV with 202 PS 2.2L diesel

2022 Kia Carnival open for booking in Malaysia – live photos of CBU 11-seater MPV with 202 PS 2.2L diesel

Kia distributor Dinamikjaya Motors has officially previewed the new Carnival today – the fourth-generation MPV is open for booking as a CBU import ahead of the start of CKD local assembly in May. Just one model will be offered at launch, the 2.2D, with pricing to be announced later on.

As before, the Carnival will be sold in 11-seater form, which will allow it to be classified as a commercial vehicle and thus grant it lower taxes. The car will continue to be powered by a 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, rechristened the Smartstream D2.2 and equipped with a cast iron block instead of an aluminium one. Outputs are rated at 202 PS at 3,800 rpm and 441 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

On the outside, the Carnival has been given a comprehensive makeover, sporting a more sophisticated design and a few SUV-style elements such as black body cladding, silver front and rear skid plates and roof rails. At the front, you’ll find a large “tiger nose” grille that ties in the quad LED projector headlights and distinctive LED daytime running lights into a single graphic.

The clean side profile features a single shoulder line carrying the bonnet shutline, the door handles and the sliding door rail, plus blacked-out A- and D-pillars that give the car a trendy “floating roof” look. A chrome C-pillar fin, which features a subtle diamond pattern, provides some visual drama, while the rear end incorporates full-width bulb taillights to emphasise the car’s stance.

2022 Kia Carnival open for booking in Malaysia – live photos of CBU 11-seater MPV with 202 PS 2.2L diesel

The Malaysian-market model is fitted with the latest Kia logo introduced this year, which can be found on the bonnet, tailgate, wheel centre caps and steering wheel airbag boss. The car also comes standard with 18-inch Y-spoke two-tone alloy wheels.

Inside, the Grand Carnival is as much of a step-change over its predecessor as the outside, with a horizontal dashboard design, a tall centre console (incorporating a Jaguar-like rotary gear selector) and a freestanding display panel. The latter houses the 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as an analogue instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch multi-info display.

Cabin space has been improved thanks to the larger body. The Carnival is 40 mm longer at 5,155 mm, with 30 mm going towards the 3,090 mm wheelbase. The rear overhang has also grown by 30 mm to 1,130 mm, increasing third- and fourth-row space and luggage capacity. Width, meanwhile, is up 10 mm to 1,995 mm.

2022 Kia Carnival open for booking in Malaysia – live photos of CBU 11-seater MPV with 202 PS 2.2L diesel

The 11 seats are spread out over four rows, with the second, third and fourth rows each equipped with three-abreast seating for a 2-3-3-3 configuration. The tiny second- and third-row centre seats are meant for temporary use, as they still only come with lap belts; they can be folded and tipped up to the side to allow for a central walk-through. Unfortunately for those of you with more than two kids, ISOFIX child seat anchors can only be found on the two outer second-row seats.

It goes without saying that the outer second- and third-row seats can slide and recline; they can also be folded and removed for a van-like cargo hold. Moving further rearward, the fourth row is a pop-up bench that can be folded in a single piece to provide some luggage space. Do bear in mind that with all seats up, the boot is practically unusable as the rearmost pews are right up against the tailgate.

In terms of cooling, the Carnival comes with dual-zone automatic climate control for the front occupants and single-zone controls for the second row (in the ceiling on the driver’s side), plus four rear air vents in the roof (two for the second row, two for the third and fourth rows). The vents themselves are of a circular design and are shared with the “van-like” Hyundai Staria. There are also manually-retractable sun shades on the four rearmost side windows.

What about cupholders? Glad you asked, because the Carnival comes with no less than 12 of them. There are two on the centre console, plus another two behind the front armrest. The temporary seats on the second and third rows also come with their own built-in cupholders that can be used when the seats are folded. Coupled with the four placed on top of the rear wheel arches, that means that the third row has a total of six cupholders!

You won’t be short on power sockets either, as the Carnival comes with two 12-volt sockets (one at the front, another beside the fourth row) and seven USB ports. The latter include three at the front in the large centre cubby hole, one on each of the front seats and one on either side of the third row.

Standard equipment includes front and rear fog lights, keyless entry, push-button start, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, Saddle Brown faux leather upholstery, a Qi wireless charger, six speakers, a 360-degree camera system and a hands-free powered sliding doors and tailgate.

Safety-wise, the Carnival comes with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert to go with seven airbags (one for the driver’s knee) and stability control. Unfortunately, however, the car does not get driver assistance features of any kind, including autonomous emergency braking. Hopefully the CKD model will address this.

Under the skin, the Grand Carnival comes with a revamped fully-independent suspension system and reduced noise, vibration and harshness, making for a more relaxed and comfortable drive. To that end, the front of the car features a multi-skeletal cross-member and new geometry to increase stability.

The rear, on the other hand, gets hydro bushings, longer and lower suspension arms, a revised spring layout and an adjusted damper angle to improve ride comfort. The more rigid bodyshell and increased sound insulation further improve refinement. Lastly, the column-mounted electric power steering increases response and quickens the steering ratio by 5.6%.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Baser on Dec 03, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Most likely to compete with Alphard/Staria

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  • Better than Staria

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  • Bring back 8seaters pls…

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  • Lawa

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  • Karam Singh on Dec 03, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Becareful of unsold stocks brought in by Naza last year. There were a handful of them parked at various sites including ex Naza 3S in Glenmarie.

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  • Gordan Chong on Dec 03, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I wish CKD KIA Grand Carnival can have dual 12.3 inch screens & navigation , 7/8 seater , two sunroof , 19-inch wheel and add more safety features

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  • Wanttobuykiacarnival on Dec 03, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Indo spec much better than us! Dual sun roof, adaptvie cruise control, lane assist, fully digital meter wth blind spot cam when gv signal left/right, red leather seat..but pls add infortainment screen for children..c’mon..perfect mpv can tapau alpad/vellfire spec kosong

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    • Alphard/Vellfire specs are not tin kosong. Now with Toyota Safety Sense, still complete package

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  • Thames on Dec 03, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Already booked one!

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  • tricycle on Dec 03, 2021 at 7:04 pm


    Hopefully in the CKDed version, Hyundai Malaysia will offer the one with complete safety and convenience features.

    Especially the adaptive cruise control with stop and go function. Malaysia everyday got traffic jam.

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  • Hairy on Dec 03, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    One of the beautiful bus van

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  • I look forward to other kia cars coming

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  • carlover on Dec 05, 2021 at 6:40 am

    The rear signal light lower positioning not safe, poor visibility for vehicles trailing behind!

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  • Ruslan Bahari on Dec 05, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Imagine if NAZA had managed KIA better, we’d have a Naza Ria at this style, with local pricing.

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  • Picanto JA on Dec 05, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    As a current PIcanto JA 2018 owner, I was really looking forward to obtain this new Carnival at first…that was until the former NAZA-KIA ownership blunders and mishaps really made us KIA owners got pissed=off and off-guarded…Shame on NAZA-KIA for their bad andlings of the good KIA brand and product in Malaysia…:(

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  • kia tak boleh on Dec 05, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    avoid kia, a brand known for problematic and fuel hungry cars.

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  • Vanistry on Dec 06, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Pls email me how to book

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  • Vanistry on Dec 06, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Pls email me how to book the car kia Carnival

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