2022 Kia Carnival CKD – production of 7- and 8-seater versions begin in Kulim, three variants to be offered

2022 Kia Carnival CKD – production of 7- and 8-seater versions begin in Kulim, three variants to be offered

Kia Malaysia, a joint venture between Kia Corporation and Bermaz Auto (BAuto), has announced that the 2022 Kia Carnival CKD, the first Kia model produced under the partnership, has begun rolling out from the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah.

The company said that the locally-assembled Carnival, which was previewed earlier this month, is scheduled to be officially launched soon. As previously indicated, three CKD variants of the MPV will be available, in seven- and eight-seat configurations.

Official prices of the three variants were also leaked earlier this month. The range starts with a 2.2D 8-Seater, priced at RM231,229 on-the-road without insurance, followed by a 2.2D 8-Seater High at RM247,229. Rounding things off is a 2.2D 7-Seater High, which goes for RM261,229, all prices being on-the-road without insurance. The Carnival CKD comes with a five-year/100,000 km warranty and service package.

All variants are powered by a 2.2 litre Smartstream D2.2 four-cylinder turbodiesel, the same unit as found on the 11-seater CBU version introduced. Output-wise, the oil burner offers 202 PS at 3,800 rpm and 441 Nm from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm, and power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Exterior kit includes automatic LED headlights, 18-inch Y-spoke two-tone alloy wheels and silver roof rails, while interior bits will include a 12-speaker Bose sound system and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, with the High spec versions also coming with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

Elsewhere, the base model’s equipment specifications reportedly mirrors that of the CBU, and so you’ll find keyless entry, push-button start, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, faux leather upholstery, a Qi wireless charger, a 360-degree camera system, manual sun shades for the sliding door and rearmost side windows and hands-free powered sliding doors and tailgate on the kit list.

The High spec variants adds on dual sunroofs, driver’s side seat memory and front seat heating and ventilation, with the seven-seater adding genuine leather upholstery. Safety-wise, the Carnival range is equipped with seven airbags, stability control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a rear seat reminder (with an ultrasonic sensor to detect occupants at the back).

Also making its way on to the Carnival is the automaker’s Drive Wise suite of active safety features, and items in the driver assistance suite includes autonomous emergency braking (FCA) with junction turning detection, smart cruise control (SCC) blind spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA), lane following assist (LFA), lane keeping assist (LKA), driver attention warning (DAW) and high beam assist (HBA).

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  • 8 seaters more practical. If you put luggages at third row, 7 seaters make your car become 4 seaters only.

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  • Richmond on Jul 26, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Looks so much nicer than the regular Ahpek styled AllFarts and Vellfiers. Ride and handling is awesome too. Pathetic msians still lacking taste and go for those boxy AhBeng Ahpek vans with overly placed chromes, fenders and skirtings. Once a foreign expatriate commented they look so gay. No wonder carnival is more popular in the West and Oceania.

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    • Semi Value on Jul 26, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      Give another 5 -7 years the resale value of most KIAs drop,like a dead bird.
      My recon Ah fatt and Vellfire still got good resale value.

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      • MasakRoti on Jul 26, 2022 at 5:09 pm

        If you dont die in ah fatt lar…sekali crash become instant nirwana car.

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      • Afeeq on Jul 27, 2022 at 12:53 am

        Good, people buy car to drive in. Not as investment product.

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  • Ben Yap on Jul 26, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Over RM200K for a korean MPV…. too expensive and not worth the price.

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  • anonymous on Jul 26, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    good on Bermaz. let’s hope Kia flourishes under them here in Malaysia. now buyers have more options to look at in the future when it comes to purchasing a new car. just hoping that they package the cars with lots of standard equipment and price then competitively.

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    • Resurgent Rafizi on Jul 26, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Bermaz is doing a remarkable job since kicking out the naza dudes.
      Go to any Kia service centre now..they r packed.Even older Nazarias and citras are sent for repairs.
      It showed the level of confidence in the new KIA regime here.
      KIPIDAP..KIA Malaysia..very soon overtaking Hyundai Sime Darby very soon.

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  • Aiman on Jul 26, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Kind a weird for Kia to not include Blind Spot View Monitor available on other market into local Carnival since this Carnival priced almost RM 262k for High 7 seater. Plus that feature is very useful for such big vehicle like Carnival. Gotta wait for official spec soon.

    I’m afraid Bermaz will do the same to Kia like what they did with Mazda such as deleting sunroof and Bose speaker on local spec Mazdas while equipped it on export spec Mazdas.

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  • Will the 11 seater still be available for sale under the commercial tariff?

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