When launched, the Kia Carens could take on the Hyundai Alcazar in the Rs 15-20 lakh segment
Ahead of its global debut in a few days, Kia earlier this week revealed its upcoming vehicle Carence via official sketches. The Carriance will be the fourth product in Kia’s portfolio in India and will be positioned between the Seltos and the Carnival.
While Kia has yet to officially label it as an MPV, the seven-seater vehicle looks like a crossover with an SUV-like stance in these images. It is the first model from the South Korean carmaker in India that follows the brand new design philosophy “Opposites United” and hence is reminiscent of interior models like the new Sportage.
Kia Carens – Exterior Design
Branding it as a “recreational vehicle”, the Cairns sports a signature ‘Tiger Nose’ design. The fascia gets a flat bonnet design that houses a strikingly highlighted grille with a straight nose and wraparound twin-beam LED headlamps at either end. The Y-shaped LED DRLs add a premium appeal to the overall look.
The chunky front bumper acts as a strong dividing line between the top and bottom air intakes. Kia says that the design of the Carence is based on the theme ‘Bold for Nature’ and pays homage to the perfection and simplicity of nature while joining the brand’s new design direction. The side profile of the car with its muscular stance and black cladding on the flared wheel arches and door sills enhances its SUV appeal.
The rear end of the seven-seater vehicle gets T-shaped wraparound LED headlamp clusters on either side which are connected to each other via a thin LED strip. Other exterior highlights include a prominent shoulder line on the side profile, roof-mounted spoiler, muscular rear bumper and roof rails.
Interior layout and features
Unlike the existing Kia cars on sale in India, the interior of the Carence sports minimalism with a hint of modernity and futuristic appeal. Kia claims that the cabin of the Carence will be big and luxurious. The multi-layer dashboard will get a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and UVO connected car tech.
Other expected features include a multi-function steering wheel, wireless phone charging, a panoramic sunroof, a push-button start-stop and a 360-degree camera. Safety equipment will include six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors and more.
Kia Carens Engine Options
The Kia Carens will come with the same engine and transmission options as seen on the Seltos. Sources tell RushLane that the Kia Carens will get the option of a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with a manual 6-speed as well as a DSG automatic transmission. This engine is rated to produce 140 PS and 242 Nm of torque. It will get drive mode, paddle shifters as well as traction mode.
A diesel option will also be offered via a 1.5-litre motor. It is rated to deliver 115 PS and 250 Nm. It will be offered with a manual 6 speed as well as an automatic 6 speed torque converter. The price is expected to be in the range of Rs 15-20 lakhs, ex-sh.