Kia has unveiled the all-new Carens.
Previously an MPV, the Carens is now described by the brand as a recreational vehicle that “combines the sophistication of a family mover and the sportiness of an SUV.”
New revolutionary design
Top highlight for the car is its new styling. Up front, the Kia Carens offers a sporty and stable stance.
There’s a new daytime running light pattern from the headlights, based on a new lighting concept called “The Star Map”. Horizontal chrome garnishes in the grille and lower bumper meanwhile, now build the Kia signature “tiger face”.
The Carens gets roof rails and a boxy profile to enhance the image of the capable recreational vehicle. At the rear, a light strip stretches the width of the car, ending in combination lamps at either end.
Flexible and spacious cabin
Inside, there’s now a wide high-gloss black panel across the dashboard of the Kia Carens. A 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment sits here, utilising Kia’s new generation of Kia Connect.
The new system can now receive map and system updates over-the-air, and supports up to 10 native languages.
The reclining and sliding functions of the second-row seats help improve comfort. These are complemented by retractable tables with integrated cup holders and storage for various gadgets.
A claimed best-in-class wheelbase will supposedly offer generous third-row legroom. Access to the final row of seats is made easier with the second row folding down with one touch of a button.
Meanwhile, an eight-speaker Bose sound system and 64-colour ambient lighting will help you set the mood for any drive. And there are also ventilated front seats and a sunroof to look forward to.
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No power train details have been revealed for the Carens yet. However, Kia does state that it will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines, combined with transmission options that include a 7-speed dual-clutch and a 6-speed automatic.
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This article was first published in Torque.