Kia Grand Carnival updated
2nd August, 2011
Australia’s most popular people mover under $55,000,
the Kia Carnival, has just received an upgrade resulting in four long wheelbase models, Bluetooth
across the range and the introduction of the legendary “R-series” CRDi turbo diesel engine to the
Most significant to the model refresh is the discontinuation of the short wheelbase Carnival S,
replaced by a long wheelbase Grand Carnival S model. The Grand Carnival Si, SLi and Platinum
“Carnival is a signature model in our range,” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating
Officer Tony Barlow. “It is a good value proposition, which is why one in three new people
movers under $55,000 sold so far this year have been Kia Carnivals”.
“The latest refresh has allowed us to add new technologies to the existing long list of
features and maintain Grand Carnival’s position as a great value people mover”.
The most noteworthy change to the entry level Grand Carnival S is the replacement of the 2.7
litre petrol engine with the more powerful and more efficient 3.5 litre V6 DOHC powerplant with
continuous variable valve timing.
Buyers of the Grand Carnival Si, SLi and Platinum models will have a choice of either the 3.5
litre petrol or Kia’s latest 4-cylinder, 2.2 litre CRDi R-series diesel engine. The R-series diesel
offers improved power and greater efficiency than the 2.9 litre predecessor and is the driving
force behind Kia’s Sorento and Sportage.
The 2.2 litre R-series diesel produces an impressive 143 kW of power and a massive 429 Nm of
torque. Torque is up 86 Nm or 25%, while fuel consumption is down 3.7% compared to its
The entire range has now received the transmission upgrade with both the petrol and diesel
engines matched to Kia’s 6-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the 5-speed, the 6-speed
automatic has 62 fewer parts, is 41 mm shorter and 12 kg lighter, making it one of the most
compact and efficient 6-speed transmissions available.
New to the line-up is the addition of Bluetooth functionality with remote audio controls
located on the steering wheel. Buyers of the Si model and above will benefit from the standard
fitment of roof rails, power third row windows, rear air conditioning controls, interior metal
finish and heated outside mirrors. The Si model has also received sporty looking 16-inch alloy
Safety continues to be a priority across the eight-seater range with ABS and ESC with traction
control standard throughout. Front, side and curtain airbags and side door impact beams also
offer peace of mind for passengers in all four models.
Prices* for the new Kia Grand Carnival begin from $38,990* for the 3.5 litre petrol V6 "S" model.
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.