Upcoming Kia MPV officially named Carens, unveil on December 16
Kia India has confirmed rumours, stating that its upcoming MPV offering for India will be called the Kia Carens. The Carens, which Kia is calling a 'recreational vehicle' will make its global debut in India on December 16.
Kia KY Carens MPV exterior
The camouflaged prototypes seen so far have shown that the new Kia Carens MPV will come with a fully reworked front end with little carried over from the Seltos. There seems to be a new set of slim LED headlamps possibly styled along the lines of the new-gen Carnival. The fascia is upright with a high bonnet line while there seems to be a new grille as well as a different bumper design.
Also expect to see a flatter roof design and a more upright profile while a larger set of 18-inch wheels can be expected as well. At the rear, there should be slim LED taillamp clusters with possibly a full-width bar to further bring the new people-mover in line with Kia's larger offerings.
Kia KY Carens MPV interior, features
More leaked images show that the Kia Carens will get quite an upmarket looking interior with a theme that follows the latest Kia offerings globally. The images suggest the interior will be finished in brushed aluminium and gloss black tones with the 8-inch touchscreen set high within the dash, unlike the floating arrangement in the Sonet and Seltos. Most hard buttons seem to have been replaced with capacitive touch panels, seen with the infotainment shortcuts and climate controls. Altough the rotary dials for the volume, tuning etc seem to carry a knurled finish.
2022 Kia MPV expected engines, gearbox
Engine options could again mirror those of the Hyundai Alcazar, although no details have been released thus far for the Carens. The diesel motor should continue unchanged from the Seltos, the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel putting out 115PS and 250 Nm. Both engines come paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic. The new 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol making 169PS and 191 Nm should also be added to the Kia Carensline-up. Both engines are expected to be made available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic.
2022 Kia MPV expected prices, launch date
The Kia MPV should be priced at a premium over the Seltos. We think prices may start from Rs 15 lakh and go up to Rs 20 lakh, ex-showroom. This will help Kia exploit the price gap between the XL6 and the Innova. Kia will launch the Carens in India in early 2022.
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