The fourth generation Kia Carnival, which was introduced back in 2020, has managed to score a 5-Star rating in Australia’s NCAP (A-NCAP) crash test. The MPV is currently available in select international markets, while it will see a launch in India in 2022.
A-NCAP 5-star rating
According to A-NCAP, the 8-seater variants of the Kia Carnival performed well in across the range of occupant protection and crash avoidance assessment areas. The MPV packs superior safety features like head protection airbags and smart seat belt reminders for all three rows of seats. It also features autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping and fatigue monitoring.
The Kia Carnival has reportedly done better in terms of Adult Occupant Protection (AOP). It achieved the maximum points during the side impact and oblique post tests. The Carnival performed well on the challenging MPDB front offset and full-width front tests. During the frontal and side impact tests, it scored maximum points for Child Occupant Protection (COP).
The MPV boasts top tether straps and ISOFIX anchorages for five of its six rear seats, thus providing owners a variety of options for installing child restraints. The child restraint installation assessment revealed that Kia could safely install most child restraint systems in these locations.
However, it was determined that one of the Type A convertible restraints could not be installed correctly in the rear-facing mode using the ISOFix anchorages on the second or third seating row.
Securing child safety seats in the middle third row position is not recommended as there are no top tether straps or ISOFIX anchorages there. The performance test of the autonomous emergency braking system also showed satisfying results with collisions avoided or mitigated in all vehicle-to-vehicle test scenarios. Also, the A-NCAP rated Carnival’s ability to detect and respond to pedestrians as good, while the cyclist detection was adequate.
New Kia Carnival India launch
Kia India Executive Director and Chief Sales and Business Strategy Officer, Tae-Jin Park, has confirmed that Kia will roll out the new- generation Carnival in India. However, he did not reveal the launch date, but rumors say it may arrive in 2022. The new Kia Carnival is 5,155mm long, 1,995mm wide and 1,775mm high and has a 3,090mm wheelbase.
The new Carnival comes with 3 engine options: a 3.5L V6 MPi petrol, a new 2.2-liter diesel and a 3.5 GDi V6 petrol. The Indian spec model may come equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel engine producing 200 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The new engine has an aluminium block, which makes it 20 kg lighter than the cast iron block of the previous engine.