2012 Kia Grand VQ-R review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 , 12:04:12 byDan

Filed under KIAAsianChinaBeijing Auto Show

Kia Grand VQ-R

Kia revealed a new model at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, called the Grand-VQ-R. The car will be available only on the Chinese market starting this September and it is actually a long wheelbase version of the Carnival MPV. The model features three rows of seats for seven passengers and it also has a lot of space in the luggage compartment. The storage capacity can be increased if necessary. Under the hood it hides a 2.2-liter diesel engine borrowed form the European version of the Sorento. The power delivered reaches 194 horsepower and 435 Nm of torque. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Development Background:

The Grand VQ-R is a long wheelbase version of the popular Carnival minivan (known as 'Sedona' in some 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. The Grand VQ-R will also cater to those seeking an executive business vehicle that offers a flexible, roomy space in which to conduct business on the move.


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)

Interior Space:

The Grand VQ-R features a very spacious, flexible interior layout with versatile seating arrangement and easy entry/exit thanks to removable 2nd row seats. Luggage space is also easily maximized thanks to the 3rd row sinking seats.


The Grand VQ-R will be equipped with the same competitive R2.2 diesel engine found in the Sorento CUV currently marketed in China. The R2.2 diesel engine found in the Grand VQ-R is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and offers best-in-class power and torque as well as fuel consumption.

Engine Type


Bore x stroke

Max. power

Max. torque

DOHC turbo diesel
85.4 x 96.0
197ps @ 3800
44.5kg.m @1800~2500 (A/T)