Sunday, April 12, 2015
UPDATED: MIAS 2015: Kia Launches More Luxurious Grand Carnival, Sorento (w/ Brochure)
UPDATE 1: We have included the brochure and replaced the rather convoluted spec sheet (4/13).
After much speculation, Columbian Autocar Corporation, Kia’s distributor in the Philippines has unveiled the all-new, third-generation Sorento and Grand Carnival. These two new offerings bolster Kia’s presence in the country while giving the Korean brand a more premium positioning. Both models are new from the top-down and are catered to the discerning taste of the upscale market.
Both models wear Kia’s new brand identity look with the upright, prominent nose and strong, slab-sided look. The Sorento features a longer body along with a reduced height and more width giving it a bolder on-road presence. Meshed into the Tiger Nose grille is a unique diamond-shaped pattern. Meanwhile, the Grand Carnival has a wide stance, cab-forward design, and a distinctive side line. It has an egg-crate pattern in its Tiger Nose grille.
Both models are designed primarily in Kia’s Namyang, Korea design studio with significant input from its Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California studios.
Inside, the new Sorento and Grand Carnival carry a theme of “modern and wide”. The new horizontal layout of the controls offers a feeling of space while being visually appealing at the same time. The aeronautic inspiration continues with the instrument cluster, controls, and even gear shifter. Both models benefit from the luxury of leather seats, a Smart Key push button engine start/stop, and a large moon roof. Both also have the convenience of a power tailgate. The Grand Carnival gets the additional luxury of dual power sliding doors.
Underneath, both the Sorento and Grand Carnival carry an upgraded version of Kia’s 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine now with 200 horsepower and 431 Nm of torque. Aside from uprated power, this revised motor is said to offer greater mid- and low-range torque, smoother response, and reduced engine noise. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic with cruise control. The Grand Carnival boasts of an 80-liter fuel tank while the Sorento has a 70-liter tank.
The Sorento also gains all-terrain surefootedness thanks to Kia’s DYNAMAX all-wheel drive system which offers a higher level of stability even on low-grip surfaces.
The Kia Grand Carnival is available in a palette of 6 colors while the Sorento comes in 8. Both models come with a 5-year, 160,000-kilometer warranty and retail for P 2,300,000. Reservations are now underway with sales to start soon.