Patrons in search of a V6 petrol-powered model of Australia’s favorite individuals mover might must convert to diesel.
The Kia Carnival has been topic to quite a few provide points since launch in 2019. Even after setting an all-time gross sales file in June, Kia Australia head workplace has paired with its sellers to chop the value hole between the severely supply-restricted V6 petrol and the two.2-litre turbo-diesel equal for purchasers at present awaiting a automotive.
“We’re experiencing provide points with Carnival V6 petrol, and don’t see any enhancements for the rest of the yr,” a Kia Australia spokesperson instructed CarExpert.
“In distinction, provide of the diesel Carnival will proceed to be robust for the foreseeable future. We’re working with our sellers to transform prospects who’re within the queue for a V6 Carnival, and successfully co-funding an incentive to entice them to change.”
CarExpert understands excessive demand for V6 petrol Carnivals in North America and the Center East is guilty for the quick provide in Australia.
For additional context, of the 1101 Carnival items offered in Australia final month (June 2022), 1072 featured a turbo-diesel engine – which means the V6 accounted for simply 29 gross sales. The Carnival accounted for a mammoth 87.8 per cent general share of the mainstream individuals mover phase.
The household van set an all-time month-to-month Australian gross sales file in June, and Kia’s vary as an entire set a market share file for the month (8.5 per cent). Kia completed in second place behind Toyota, forward of worldwide mother or father Hyundai, together with the likes of Mazda and Mitsubishi.
It comes after the model confirmed as just lately as February it was going through 12 months of backorders for the Carnival line-up alone, which has delayed the rollout of lacking options which have been promised for the reason that present automotive launched – together with a digital instrument cluster and rain-sensing wipers.
Kia Australia has since indicated provide has opened up a little bit, permitting it to clear backorders to a “palatable degree” forward of the 2023 mannequin yr. The means some variations of the MY23 Carnival must be out there with these promised gear objects, practically three years after the vary first went on sale.
It’s understood a part of this backorder construct up is because of low provide of the V6, which is why Kia is working to transform consumers to the better-supplied diesel mannequin.
Petrol variants of the Kia Carnival are powered by a 216kW/355Nm 3.5-litre V6, whereas the dearer diesel includes a torquier 148kW/440Nm 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Each powertrain variants drive the entrance wheels by way of an eight-speed torque converter-type computerized transmission.
4 trim ranges are at present out there, with the choice of ordinary V6 petrol or non-compulsory turbo-diesel energy, with costs ranging from $47,480 earlier than on-road prices for the entry-level Carnival S V6, climbing to $67,580 plus on-roads for the flagship Carnival Platinum Diesel. Turbo-diesel fashions carry a $2000 premium over the equal petrol.
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