2022 Kia Carens garners over 7,700 bookings in one day
Bookings for the Kia Carens opened in India on January 14, and Kia India now says it has received 7,738 orders for the new MPV within the first 24 hours. This is the most for any of Kia's cars so far and points to the Carens becoming another success for the Korean brand after the Seltos and Sonet. While prices for the Kia Carens haven't been revealed yet, prospective buyers can pay a Rs 25,000 deposit to book the Carens online or at any Kia dealership.
2022 Kia Carens variants, features, safety
The new Kia will be available in Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus variants although the exact features and seating(6 or 7) options haven't been revealed yet. Notable features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with eight-speaker Bose audio, 64-colour ambient lighting, air purifier, connected-car tech, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, sunroof, 16-inch dual-tone alloys, LED DRLS and headlamps and LED taillamps.
Practicality touches include tumble fold second-row seats, roof-mounted second and third row AC vents with blower controls, second-row puddle lamps, front cooled cupholders and second row can holders, retractable seatback table with cupholders and gadget mounts, sliding under-seat tray, retractable cup holder and tray.
The Kia Carens also carries an impressive suite of safety features. Standard are six airbags, ESC, ABS, stability control, brake assist, all-wheel disc brakes, highline TPMS and rear parking senors. Higher variants further get front parking sensors, real-time TPMS and a rear-view camera.
2022 Kia Carens engines, specifications
The Carens' engine options are the same as the Seltos and the Creta. The 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol from the Alcazar has been given a miss here but the top spec engine option is the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol that puts out 140PS and 242 Nm. This pairs with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT. The diesel engine option is a 1.5-litre unit that puts out 115PS and 250 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual or torque converter. The base engine option is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol that makes 115PS and 144 Nm and is only available with the manual.
The Kia Carens is 4,540mm long, 1,800mm wide, 1,708mm tall and has a 2,780mm wheelbase. The wheelbase is the same as the Hyundai Alcazar while the Carens is 40mm longer, 10mm wider and 33mm taller. The Carens will be available in Imperial Blue, Moss Brown, Sparkling Silver, Intense Red, Aurora Black Pearl, Gravity Grey, Glacier White Pearl and Clear White paint shades, the first three of which have been introduced to a Kia model for the first time.
Kia Carens launch date, price
The Kia Carens should compete with the Hyundai Alcazar on price, which should range between Rs 15 to 20 lakh ex-showroom. The Carens will go on sale by February to march 2022 in India and other global markets.
Starts Rs 8.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 16.3 Lakhs
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