The new Kia Carens made its global debut in India today. Slated for a market launch early next year, the Carens is the Korean carmaker’s fourth product here. And while Kia does not call it an SUV or MPV, the Carens is essentially a three-row vehicle with a blend of SUV and MPV attributes.
- Gets three engine options
- Available in both 6- and 7-seat configurations
- Gets a long list of features
The company has also confirmed that its main focus is to sell the Carens in the Indian market without having long delays in meeting the demand and eventually explore other markets in addition to the existing markets it exports to. Speaking on the company’s exports plans, Tae-Jin Park, Managing Director and CEO – Kia India said that it will first sell in existing markets for seven-seaters. Of course, there is an opportunity for new markets, but the company’s priority will be to sell in the domestic market without any supply issue to meet the demand.
In typical Kia fashion, the Kia Carens will be loaded to the gills with modern-day creature comforts and will be offered in both six-seater and seven-seater configurations. It will share is powertrain line-up with the get a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol and the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine options. While six-speed manual transmission will be standard, the turbo petrol will be offered with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) and the diesel will be available with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
“We are confident that the Kia Carens will deliver meaningful experiences to modern families both in their daily and leisure life,” Song said.
The new Kia Carens comes in both petrol and diesel powertrains combined with multiple transmission options, including the 7DCT and 6AT.
It also comes equipped with a plethora of practical features such as connectivity features like the next-generation Kia Connect app, to flexible seating options and features such as the sliding type seat under tray, retractable seatback table, the rear door spot lamp and the bottle and gadget holder in the third row.
“India is diverse, and the people here have different preferences. I believe this is the most exciting insight we tried to unlock while developing the Carens. It’s safe, feature-rich, has artistry in its design, and is comfortable and classy; it packs everything a modern Indian family would want in their vehicle,” Kia India Managing Director and CEO Tae-Jin Park said.
The new Carens also comes with 10.25 inch HD touchscreen navigation with Kia Connect, Bose premium sound system with 8 speakers, Smart Pure air purifier with virus and bacteria protection, Multi-drive modes (Sport/Eco/Normal) linked with ambient mood lighting and SkyLight sunroof.
Safety features include six airbags as standard across all trims, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), hill-assist control (HAC), downhill brake control (DBC), and all-wheel disc brakes.