The 2022 Kia Carnival has finally arrived in the Philippines. It’s the second vehicle in the South Korean automaker’s lineup that wears the brand’s latest corporate design language as well as one of the spearheaders of the newly-unveiled Kia brand logo and marketing direction.
Minivans and MPVs have seen a decline in popularity due to SUVs, and also because of the image that an MPV projects. As trivial as it may sound, this has led Kia to transform the Carnival into something that looks more adventurous. Marketed as a “Grand Utility Vehicle,” the fourth-generation Kia Carnival wants to attract buyers gravitating towards SUVs with its radical new design.
Two variants are being sold: EX and SX. Regardless of which variant you choose, you get an MPV that offers a more SUV-like silhouette. Another distinctive design feature of the all-new Carnival is the satin silver trip from the C-pillars that wraps around the rear windshield, in which Kia calls this its “island roof” design. Full LED exterior lighting comes as standard, while the front and rear faux silver skid plates further give the Carnival a more rugged appearance.
As for the interior, the 2022 Kia Carnival comes with leatherette seats for the EX and leather for the SX. Electronically-adjustable front seats, along with a powered tailgate and sliding doors, second and third-row sunshades, and smart entry with push-button start are also standard across the range. For entertainment, all variants also come with an 8-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and six speakers.
Stepping up to the SX adds Premium Relaxation Seats, which comes with adjustable arm and leg rests, plus there’s even a one-touch Relaxation Mode that lies the seats as flat as they could be for maximum comfort. In addition, the first and second-row seats of the SX come with both heating and cooling. Lastly, the SX also comes with dual sunroofs.
Powering the 2022 Kia Carnival is a new 2.2-liter Smartstream four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 202 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. This drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
And then as for safety, the new Carnival comes with a number of Drive Wise driver-assistance tech, and this includes Blind Spot Detection for the EX. Stepping up to the SX adds Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep and Following Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Safe Exit Assist for the sliding doors. This comes on top of the standard reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, six airbags, cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.
The 2022 Kia Carnival can be yours for P2,540,000 for the EX and P2,988,000 for the top trim SX. The SX is now in dealers starting this month, while the EX will arrive in dealers this March.