The 8-seater  Kia Grand Carnival has been updated for the year. as announced by Naza Kia Malaysia. The version, Grand Carnival 2.2D SX now comes with 19-inch Chrome-sputtering wheels; wrapped around HID headlights with diamond glitter positioning lamp and auto-levelling system; and a wider, more upright ‘tiger nose’ grille, blended with black glossy mesh-typed material.

It goes without saying that the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX variant’s interior is well-designed, fitted with high quality materials and up-to-date technological features. The cabin has a wide dashboard emphasizing spaciousness with a modern appeal. The look and feel of the interior of the Grand Carnival was designed with a feel of a first-class airplane as its key influence. For the best comfort, passengers are treated with burgundy two-tone leather seats with wood grain garnish for an exquisite experience.

No modern vehicle or road trip is complete without a superior audio system. The Grand Carnival 2.2D SX boasts of an 8-inch audio system that comes readily compatible with Android Auto or CarPlay. Mounted between recessed dials displaying vital vehicle information, a larger 7-inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster compared to the KX variant sits flush within eye level in the driver’s domain to ensure everything needed to keep the driver informed, comfortable, entertained and in command is only within a moment’s reach.

Meanwhile, in-car entertainment is no longer confined to the front row as the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX receives a superior upgrade that backseat passengers will enjoy. The Rear Entertainment System now comes with Dual Monitor screens with WiFi connectivity for a smooth and hassle-free journey. The Grand Carnival 2.2D SX is also equipped with a range of multimedia entertainment systems such as MP3 CD player with six speakers, USB and AUX-in connectivity.

Fixed, once impractical seating becomes a thing of the past with the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX’s arrival. Prepare for individual comfort with customization options to the seating configuration as the SX variant adapts to your lifestyle with 8-way power seats and a 4-way lumbar support for the driver’s seat. With just a simple electronic switch, choose to configure the second and third row seats to carry passengers in comfort, or stow extra cargo for added convenience.

Kia Grand Carnival powertrain

The Grand Carnival 2.2D SX is available with a 2.2-liter CRDi turbocharged diesel engine, paired to a torque converter six-speed automatic transmission. This 2.2-liter CRDi engine produces 190 horsepower with 440 Nm of torque.

The Grand Carnival 2.2D SX maintains from its predecessor the MacPherson front suspension and the multi-link rear suspension. With the hydraulic rebound spring, stiffer suspension bars and cross-member bush mountings, it improves its bump absorption thus enhancing a more comfortable ride for its passengers. Other safety features are its Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist System, six airbags and more. For parking assistance, it has front and rear parking sensors. It is also fitted with a tilting and telescopic steering wheel, foot parking brake and auto cruise control.

Available in these colors Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, the new Blackberry and an exclusive Silky Silver (SX variant only), the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX goes for RM188,888 on-the-road with insurance.

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