The Carens will be positioned above the Maruti XL6, but it is projected to undercut the Hyundai Alcazar in terms of price.
In India, reservations for the Kia Carens will begin on January 14, with a pricing announcement likely in February or March. The Carens will be Kia’s fourth product in India, and it will be manufactured entirely in the country for both domestic and international markets. Kia defied the SUV trend with the Carens, referring to it as a “recreational car.”
- Carens wheelbase is 20mm longer than Alcazar
- Carens will come in both six- and seven-seater configurations
- Will be offered with two petrol and one diesel engine option
Exterior design of the Kia Carens
The Kia Carens has the dimensions of an MPV, yet it features some SUV-like stylistic characteristics and is highly distinctive. A split-LED headlamp assembly and a sealed off grille enclosed behind a contrasting gloss back trim define the face. The front bumper is more conservatively designed below, however the gaping central air inlet adds some personality.
The Carens shares some similarities with the Seltos till the front doors, but it has a significantly larger back door and rear quarter glass area. A chrome garnish runs along the window line, and the front and back fenders have significant creases. The Carens has a pair of wraparound LED taillights that are joined by a thin LED strip at the back. The rear windscreen has a small slope and an incorporated spoiler, while the bumper is aggressively designed with chrome inserts for added glitter.
Interior and features of the Kia Carens
The Carens has a luxurious and feature-packed cabin, as you’d expect from a Kia. The infotainment system is perfectly integrated into the dash, giving the interior a sleek, layered look. The dashboard trim and door panels also have some nice detailing, which adds some oomph to the interior.
The AC vents are elegantly incorporated along the breadth of the interior below the top half. It also receives a new touch-based panel with toggle switches for HVAC controls and ambient lighting to complement everything. The central console is short and stubby, with extra controls for seat ventilation, drive modes, and other things. The Carens will be offered in 6- and 7-seat configurations, with the former receiving captains seats in the second row.
The Carens has a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Kia’s UVO connect, as well as a fully digital instrument cluster, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, 64-color ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, seat-back tables with cup holders, an electrically powered one-touch tumble down feature for the second row, a single-pane sunroof, and more. Six airbags are standard, as are a slew of other safety features like ABS and ESC, hill-start assist, four-wheel disc brakes, TPMS, and rear parking sensors.
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Details about the Kia Carens’ engine and transmission
The Kia Carens will be available with two petrol engines and a diesel engine under the hood. The first is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 115hp and 144Nm that will only be available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Then there’s the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with 140hp and 242Nm, which will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT transmission. Finally, the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre, 115hp, 250Nm mill with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. These engine-gearbox pairings are identical to those found in the Kia Seltos.
Expected price and competitors for the Kia Carens
The Carens will be priced higher than the Maruti Suzuki XL6, although it is projected to be less expensive than its sibling, the Hyundai Alcazar. The Alcazar will be the Carens’ most direct competitor, while it will also compete with other SUVs in the same price range.