Beijing: Kia Grand VQ-R unveiled image

The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently pulled the wraps off its latest creation, the Grand VQ-R, which will be aimed towards the Chinese auto market only.

According to the car manufacturer, the Kia Grand VQ-R is actually the long wheelbase version of the Carnival MPV and the model is expected to hit the local Chinese dealerships in September this year. The Kia Grand VQ-R is coming three rows of seats, being able to accommodate seven passengers and a driver, but the last row of seats can be folded and the storage space increases. The Kia Grand VQ-R is 5,130 mm long, 320 mm longer than the short wheelbase VQ, and the model is riding on a 3,020 mm wheelbase, 130 mm longer.

“The Grand VQ-R is a long wheelbase version of the popular Carnival minivan (Sedona in other markets) that has been developed specifically for export to the Chinese market, taking into consideration the current economic environment in China, including rising oil prices and the rapidly changing lifestyle trends of Chinese consumers who increasingly spend more leisure time with their families”, as the automaker is saying in its official press release.

The Kia Grand VQ-R is powered by the same diesel engine as the Kia Sorento in Europe, the 2.2 liter, which is developing a total output of 194 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 435 Nm (321 lb-ft), mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. More details on the model will be announced close to its launch.