Forget Alphards – Kia is gunning straight for the Lexus LM with the Carnival Hi-Limousine

Remember when we said the all-new Hyundai Carnival’s interior can rival that of the Toyota Alphard? Well, it seems like even the Lexus LM needs to watch its back, because the four-seater Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine is here to challenge the Lexus at its own game.

From the exterior, the four-seater Hi-Limousine doesn’t look all that different from the regular Kia Carnival – which, to us, is a very good thing, since the all-new Carnival is perhaps the best-looking MPV in recent times.

But as we’ve suggested above, the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine’s party trick is on the inside, where you’ll find only four ottoman seats, rather than seven, eight, or 11 of the regular Kia Carnival.

The Lexus LM is now available in Malaysia, starting at RM1.15 million. Read more about it here!

The two Nappa leather-wrapped “Premium Relaxation” captain chairs in the back is said to mimic what you’d find in a first-class aeroplane cabin, and even comes with their own leg massagers.

As you’d expect, they can also be fully reclined electronically, and there’s a touchscreen control panel mounted onto the centre armrest, along with their own fold-out airplane-like tray tables.

For the more “regular” taukeys, the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire has been updated in Malaysia with new advanced driver assistance systems. Learn more about it here.

The roof of the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine has been scalloped upwards to afford more vertical space, for… activities. A 21.5-inch TV hangs from the ceiling, and while admittedly quite a bit smaller than the one in the Lexus LM, it does look a lot higher in resolution (and smarter, supposedly).

And of course, being a luxury VIP ferry, there’s also a mini-fridge and heated/cooled cupholders to keep your drinks at the ideal temperatures – we wonder if it’s tuned to the “optimum serving temperature” for serving champagnes.

Even the all-new Kia Sportage SUV has a pretty luxurious interior! Learn more about it here.

Other interior features for the rear passengers include the fully-pleated curtains for extra privacy, wireless charging pads, as well as an air purifier system – only the finest air for the bosses, please.

How much is it, then, for all these extravagances? The sticker price of the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine starts at 88,260,000 Korean Won (~RM324K), which is more than double of what Kia charges for the standard Carnival, but fits in just about the price bracket of a BMW X7 xDrive40i (which retails for RM649k here in Malaysia). Sounds pretty decent, doesn’t it?



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