Naza Kia Malaysia has added the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX variant to its large MPV range. Priced from RM188,888 (excluding insurance premium), the large MPV will be sold alongside the KX variant while the EX variant will no longer be available.

Introducing the new variant, Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings, said: “This stylish 8-seater MPV has more than just the good looks; it is also masterfully designed and engineered to be practical with a premium touch to appeal to family-oriented lifestyles where being conveniently useful dominates in the MPV segment.”

For the new variant, the obvious difference on the exterior is the larger diameter of the alloy wheels – 19 inches instead of 18 inches on the KX variant. There’s also the new wraparound HID headlamps with Diamond Glitter Type Positioning Lamp and Auto Levelling System.

The front of the vehicle continues to feature the Peter Schreyer trademark – a wide, upright ‘tiger nose’ grille but with its refreshed design and a glossy black finish for the mesh-type grille.

Apart from the cabin spaciousness, the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX has high-quality materials and many technological features. The functional dashboard design emphasizes the width and spaciousness, complementing the feel of a first-class airplane cabin. The seat upholstery is burgundy two-tone leather with wood grain garnish.

On long journeys or even when doing the daily commute into the city, there’s an audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system with an 8-inch display, allows interfacing with compatible smartphones, expanding the functionality of the system.

Separate in-car entertainment is also available for the rear passengers of the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX as it has an upgraded Rear Entertainment System which now comes with Dual Monitor screens and wifi connectivity.

Mounted between recessed dials displaying vehicle operating information, the larger 7-inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster is within eye level so the displays are easily viewed. Needless to say, all switchgear is within easy reach for convenience.

Like virtually all MPVs, the seating layout can be varied to carry more passengers or have extra cargo space. The Grand Carnival 2.2D SX also offers extra convenience with 8-way power seats and 4-way lumbar support for the driver’s seat. Entry and exit are easy through large openings and powered sliding side doors.

Powering the Grand Carnival 2.2D SX is a proven 2.2-litre CRDi turbocharged diesel engine which has been tuned for efficiency and performance. It is connected to 6-speed automatic transmission (torque converter type) which efficiently delivers the 190 ps/440 Nm to the wheels.

The suspension consists of MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link layout at the rear. With the hydraulic rebound springs, stiffer suspension bars and crossmember bush mountings, there is good bump absorption for a more comfortable ride.

Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist System, and 6 airbags, with the curtain airbags covering the side windows all the way to the rear section (when deployed during an impact on either side of the vehicle). For easier parking, there are front and rear parking sensors with a rearview mirror to give a good view of the area directly behind.

Besides colours such as Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, and Blackberry for the Grand Carnival range, there is also an exclusive Silky Silver finish for the SX variant.

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