As bookings pass the 50,000 mark, some Carens variants have a waiting list of up to 49 weeks.
Since the company opened the booking window on January 14, 2022, Kia’s newest product for the Indian market, the three-row Carens, has received 50,000 reservations. However, as a result of this, the Carens’ waiting times have begun to lengthen, reaching more than five months in some cases.
The Carens was unveiled on February 15, with a starting price of Rs 8.99 lakh for the entry-level Premium trim and a top-spec Carens Luxury Plus diesel automatic trim costing Rs 16.99 lakh. As we previously reported, Kia has started a third shift at its Ananthapur plant in Andhra Pradesh in order to increase production for India, as well as for markets such as Indonesia, where the Carens is expected to debut later this month.
- Carens 1.5 petrol has the highest waiting period
- Carens diesel waiting period ranges from 18-21 weeks
- Carens 1.4T waiting period ranges from 13-23 weeks
What are The Waiting Times Like for Kia Carens?
According to a few dealers we spoke with, waiting times for the Carens are steadily increasing, just like they are for most Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, and Kia mass-market products. We’ve compiled a list of Carens variants with the shortest and longest wait times as of right now. Please keep in mind that the waiting period may vary depending on parts availability, cancellations, and other factors.
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According to Kia, the Carens diesel has been in high demand since its launch because its direct competitor, the Ertiga, no longer offers a diesel engine. The Carens diesel has a waiting period of around 20-21 weeks, or just under four months, for all variants. This includes models with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
For some variants, the Carens 1.4-turbo petrol has the shortest waiting time. The Luxury Plus variant can be delivered in less than 14 weeks, or roughly three months. The Carens 1.4T Luxury has a 16-week waiting period, while the Prestige and Luxury Plus DCT variants have a five-month wait.
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According to dealers, the Carens 1.5 petrol has the lowest demand and is also on the low priority list in terms of production, as Kia is currently focusing on clearing backlogs of variants with longer wait times. At most locations, the entry-level Carens 1.5 Premium can be delivered in around 32 weeks, while the 1.5 Prestige has the longest wait time of all the Kia Carens lineup, at 49 weeks.