Kia Carnival CKD 2022 – production of 7- and 8-seater versions begins in Kulim, three variants will 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 started rolling out from the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah.

The company said the locally assembled carnival, which premiered earlier this month, is expected to officially launch soon. As previously reported, three CKD variants of the MPV will be available, in seven- and eight-seat configurations.

Official prices for all three variants were also leaked earlier this month. The range begins with an 8-seater 2.2D, priced at RM231,229 on the road without insurance, followed by a 2.2D 8 seater High at RM247,229. To top it off, a 2.2D 7-seater High, which goes for RM261,229, all prizes 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-liter Smartstream D2.2 four-cylinder turbodiesel, the same as the introduced 11-seat CBU version. Power-wise, the oil burner offers 202PS at 3,800rpm and 441Nm from 1,750-2,750rpm, and power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters of gear change.

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

Elsewhere, the base model’s equipment specs are said to mirror those of the CBU, and so you’ll find keyless entry, push-button start, eight-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, cordless charger Qi wire, a 360-degree camera system, manual sunshades for the sliding door and rear-most side windows, and hands-free power sliding doors and tailgate on the kit list.

High spec variants add 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 lineup comes with seven airbags, stability control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear-seat reminder (with a ultrasonic sensor to detect rear occupants).

The automaker’s Drive Wise suite of active safety features is also making its way to the Carnival, and elements of the driver assistance suite include Autonomous Emergency Braking (FCA) with junction bend detection, cruise control Intelligent Speed ​​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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