2021 has been all bout mid-size 7 seater SUVs. Right from the Tata Safari to the Mahindra XUV700, this segment has seen some tremendous growth. Kia doesn’t want to fall behind on this trend; hence, they’ve been working on something too! Kia’s success in the Indian market is no secret, both Sonet and Seltos are amongst the best selling cars in their segments. So here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Kia Carens!
What is the Kia Carens?
KIA Motors recently trademarked the name “Carens” in India. Kia has been selling Carens as an MPV in foreign markets for over a decade. This might be the official name for the new MPV for India. We expect it to be on the same platform that houses the Seltos/Creta/Alcazar. In fact, the Carens might just be Alcazar’s Korean twin!
It will most probably share the engines with the Hyundai Alcazar. It might get the 1.5L Diesel (115HP and 250nm) and the 2.0L Petrol(150HP and 192nm). We really hope that this new MPV gets a fresh diesel engine because having a segment lower engine isn’t fair to the customers!
Pricing and Competition
The pricing is expected to hover around Rs.14-20 Lakhs. The Carens is supposed to be placed right between the Ertiga and the Innova. It will directly compete with the Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV700 and with some entry-level models of the Toyota Innova.
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Features on the Kia Carens
This is a front where Kia will surely not disappoint its consumers! Just like every other car, the new Kia is also expected to be feature loaded. We also believe that it might get some ADAS features because that is the newest trend in the market! We do hope that Kia opts for a panoramic sunroof on this, it was a huge miss out in the Seltos.
The Korean people mover is expected to come to India in the second half of 2022. Kia will unveil it globally before launching it for the Indian Market.
So here was everything you need to know about the Kia Carens. Will you consider it over the competition? Let us know in the comments!