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Old 9th February 2020, 17:43   #301
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I am not optimistic about Honda and Toyota stepping up their game and bringing in more International models. At most, Toyota would spruce up the Crysta a little more and sell it at Carnival prices.

I am thinking of something else. The Sedona starts at $27500 in the US and the Telluride starts at $32000. Not much of a difference if you see. Will they bring it in at a starting price of, say 35L INR ? That would be a great alternative to Toyota Fortuner.

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Don't quite buy that argument. Toyota always had multiple large diesel engines that they could have plonked on to the Sienna.
With respect to Toyota, do note that Sienna is a front transverse-engined, Front/All wheel drive monocoque vehicle. Toyota doesn't have (any more) large diesels (akin to the 2.2L from Kia) that can be plonked into such a vehicle layout.

2.4 /2.8L that is on Innova, Fortuner/Hilux, Prado are all designed for longitudinal applications (primary RWD and optional 4WD with a transfercase), and the only set that have EU6/BS6 variants.
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Will they bring it in at a starting price of, say 35L INR ? That would be a great alternative to Toyota Fortuner.
As far as I know, Hyundai group hasn't developed right hand drive (RHD) versions of either Telluride or Palisade yet,so it will probably take them a couple of years at least to get the cars ready and then launch them.
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Saw the Carnival in person at the dealership yesterday, few observations:

1. The boot is huge even after putting up the 3rd row of seats, can easily fit in multiple medium sized suitcases upright. The pics don't do justice, you have to see it in person.
2. 3rd row seating is much better in lower variants, offering a lot of legroom for all three rows. Under-thigh support in the 3rd row was decent for me(I'm 5'8), kids would not find it a problem at all, adults should be ok for 4-5 hour drives.
3. The limousine variant is effectively a 4 seater! If you push your 2nd row seats all the way back to accommodate the leg support, it does not leave any legroom for 3rd row. Even children will not fit!
4. You have to climb up into the seats, thus for the elderly you might need to add side steps for easier entry/exit.
5. I didn't like the alloy wheels in the limousine variant, the full chrome seems too blingy.
6. Even the mid variant called Prestige leaves a lot to be desired in terms of interiors/features. In Delhi, the 7seater config is ~35L on road, but at this price you would expect the following:
a. leather upholstery (Seats, steering wheel, gear knob etc)
b. Auto Anti-glare
c. TPMS
d. Smart air purifier
e. Navigation, though you still get Android Auto/Carplay
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Just got call from Kia, on confirming our delivery date for this month only. We confirmed same, including model i.e Limo and color i.e Silver.
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The extra 1ft of Carnival, is really to my family advantage in terms the difference it is making interior sitting space and boot.
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Hey, you said you already got a call about delivery this month, when did you book? I assume on day 1?
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Hey, you said you already got a call about delivery this month, when did you book? I assume on day 1?
i booked on 18th Jan, even before official booking started i.e on 21st. Based on my booking number, looks like i am 200th in the queue.
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i booked on 18th Jan, even before official booking started i.e on 21st. Based on my booking number, looks like i am 200th in the queue.
Have you gotten a chance to TD one, now that Carnival is officially unveiled and KIA is dispatching them to dealers?
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Have you gotten a chance to TD one, now that Carnival is officially unveiled and KIA is dispatching them to dealers?
No TD done yet, have seen in person when the car was inside the showroom and then was invited for TD last weekend which i couldn't make due to my kids exam. Will try for sure this weekend.
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I am very keen to see people trying to park this thing on our roads. There is no doubt that it is a very competent car although the pricing is not going to help it once the initial hype settles down. Parking is at a premium in most of our cities and parking an Innova used to be a bit of a hassle in terms of finding a proper spot where the car would fit. This is so much bigger than that. I do feel that such a huge car might not be right for the Indian market apart from few specific instances like the Hotel industry.
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I am very keen to see people trying to park this thing on our roads. There is no doubt that it is a very competent car although the pricing is not going to help it once the initial hype settles down. Parking is at a premium in most of our cities and parking an Innova used to be a bit of a hassle in terms of finding a proper spot where the car would fit. This is so much bigger than that. I do feel that such a huge car might not be right for the Indian market apart from few specific instances like the Hotel industry.
are you talking about length or width ?

length (mm) :
KIA carnival = 5115
to put this in perspective,
old innova = 4585
innova crysta = 4735
skoda octavia = 4689
facelift linea = 4596
(the bottom two are longer than old innova, yet no complaints of difficulty to park them on account of their length, atleast on the forum)

width (mm) :
KIA carnival = 1985
to put this in perspective,
old innova = 1760
innova crysta = 1830
renault duster = 1822
tata harrier = 1894
tata hexa = 1903
(the bottom three are wider than old innova, no complaints of difficulty to park them on account of their width, atleast on the forum)

So this perception of great parking difficulty, although not unfounded, is exaggerated a lot. Yes, it's one of the widest and longest vehicles sold below 40 lacs, and people need to get used to the size, but its not as much a leviathan as it is exaggerated to be. People driving will surely get used to the size, because it is ~150mm (that's as tall as your fist when you do a thumbs up) wider than the crysta ; and ~380mm (shorter than a typical newborn child) longer than the crysta.
All doubts about it being impossible to find parking space, is exaggerated, I feel.

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....Parking is at a premium in most of our cities and parking an Innova used to be a bit of a hassle in terms of finding a proper spot where the car would fit. This is so much bigger than that. I do feel that such a huge car might not be right for the Indian market apart from few specific instances like the Hotel industry.


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are you talking about length or width ?
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All doubts about it being impossible to find parking space, is exaggerated, I feel.
Having owned the Hexa (primary usage for highways) for a month now, there's already random discussions at home to get our hands on a used small hatch for local use. The Hexa is bigger than the Crysta, with pathetic turning radius and I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be to find a parking space for the Carnival. Hope the Carnival has a decent turning radius. Parking it may not be an issue, although finding the space would be, considering the length.

I doubt it'll eat up much of Crysta's volumes from the personal use market, for the above reason. Hotels, tourist and company use? Yes
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So this perception of great parking difficulty, although not unfounded, is exaggerated a lot. Yes, it's one of the widest and longest vehicles sold below 40 lacs, and people need to get used to the size, but its not as much a leviathan as it is exaggerated to be. People driving will surely get used to the size, because it is ~150mm (that's as tall as your fist when you do a thumbs up) wider than the crysta ; and ~380mm (shorter than a typical newborn child) longer than the crysta.
All doubts about it being impossible to find parking space, is exaggerated, I feel.
With those dimensions it's definitely not a go everywhere vehicle. You'll will find it difficult to pilot, park and take U turns than most other cars on the road, unless you've been driving around a Tempo Traveller!
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Came across this amazing white one on the BLR airport road. Imposing and rode beautifully alongside with a flat supple ride.

Was fully loaded with an OEM roofbox and interior curtains.

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i booked on 18th Jan, even before official booking started i.e on 21st. Based on my booking number, looks like i am 200th in the queue.
Finally did the test drive today of limo model, for about 1 hr, in a bumper to bumper traffic, flyover run, u turns, bumps etc. And my decision of buying this car is now "Rock Solid".

As GTO said, this is the car I can really "feel connected" to. Always thought there could be never a car in my budget that could replace my 2010 innova, for its sheer space, size and practicality, tough parting away, however Kia Carnival is the answer with that very well deserved "next level". I was feeling at home within 5 mins of driving, and the size was not bothering me even a 1 percent, in fact was more smooth, controlled, stable and predictable.

THANKS a TON to Teambhp once again for making my car buying decision easy and simple. Deliveries have started, could see 6-7 waiting Kia carnivals in the showroom.

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The Carnival seems to be finding a place in a lot of Kannada celebrity garages. Last week it was Kiccha Sudeep and this week it's Puneeth Rajkumar.

I'm guessing they were home delivered!

Source: My SA's Whatsapp statuses.

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