Turns out the Chinese not only like long wheelbase in their luxury cars, they like it in everything, even a van! So Kia made them this, the Grand VQ-R, which is an elongated version of the Carnival – also known as the Sedona – measuring 5.13 meters in length, 32 centimeter longer than the normal version.
This has a direct impact on the interior space. There’s plenty. You can either use it to move more stuff around, transport more people – which is particularly important in a country with population of over 1 billion – or just have a big comfy space all to yourself.
Kia says you can also conduct your business on the move in this car. Well, you can , but it won’t sent a good message about you. Your customers will think you’re broke, otherwise you’d turn up in an EWB Roller, and not your wife’s van.
The VQ-R will launch in the Chinese market powered by the same R2.2 diesel engine found in the Sorento with 200 hp. Check out the spec here:
- Engine Type: DOHC turbo diesel
- Displacement: 2,199cc
- Bore x stroke: 85.4 x 96.0 mm
- Max. power: 197 PS @ 3800 rpm
- Max. torque: 44.5 kg.m @ 1800-2500 rpm (A/T)
- Overall Length: 5,130 mm (320 mm longer than existing short wheelbase VQ)
- Wheelbase: 3,020 mm (130 mm longer than existing short wheelbase VQ)
- Front Overhang: 975 mm (same as existing short wheelbase VQ)
- Rear Overhang: 1,135 (190 mm longer than existing short wheelbase VQ)