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Kia Carens: 5 key factors | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Dec 23, 2021 08:00:00 AM

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Kia doesn’t name the Carens both an MPV or an SUV, however as a ‘leisure car’; consider it as a mixture of each.

Kia India took the wraps off the Carens in India final week. The Carens noticed its world premiere in India, and by the way, India may also be the sole manufacturing hub for the Carens for each home and export functions. This will likely be Kia’s third mass market product for India, that’s been earmarked for a launch round February-March subsequent 12 months. Bucking the SUV pattern, Kia has taken a really distinctive strategy for the Carens. Right here we inform you 5 issues it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the Carens.

  • Carens relies on a stretched model of the Seltos’ platform
  • In typical Kia trend, it will get a premium and feature-loaded inside
  • Will likely be supplied with two petrol and one diesel engine possibility

Kia Carens: dimensions

The Kia Carens relies on a stretched model of the Creta/Seltos platform, just like the Hyundai Alcazar. Dimensionally, the Carens measures 4,540mm in size, 1,800mm in width, 1,700mm in peak and has a wheelbase of two,780mm. In comparison with the Seltos, the Carens is 225mm longer and 80mm taller, whereas the wheelbase is 160mm longer.

However what’s actually attention-grabbing to notice is that the Carens is longer, wider and taller than even the Alcazar, that measures 4,500mm in size, 1,790mm in width, 1,675mm in peak. Even the wheelbase is bigger than the Alcazar’s 2,760mm. Actually, the Carens has the longest wheelbase on this phase, which is 30mm longer than the Toyota Innova Crsyta too, though the Toyota is longer in terms of general size. The scale definitely level to a spacious inside.

Kia Carens: exterior design

The Kia Carens has a really hanging presence to say the least. It has the proportions of an MPV, but additionally will get a number of styling options from an SUV. Up entrance, the face is characterised by a hanging split-LED headlamp meeting and a sealed off grille that’s housed inside a contrasting gloss again trim. The grille even options some 3D patterns and a brushed silver insert for some added bling. Down under, the entrance bumper is extra sedately styled, though the gaping central air consumption does add some character. Actually, Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nostril’ motif is now featured on the bumper and never on the grille, though very subtly.

In profile, the Carens exhibits some resemblance with the Seltos till the entrance doorways, although the rear doorways are for much longer and it additionally will get a bigger rear quarter glass space. The window line will get a chrome garnish and there’s a powerful character line that begins from the headlamps, blends into the doorways after which emerges on the rear to fulfill the tail-lamps. On the rear, the Carens will get a pair of wrap-around LED tail-lamps which are related by way of a slim LED strip. The rear windshield is barely raked and likewise options an built-in spoiler. Akin to the entrance, the rear bumper can also be aggressively styled with silver inserts. The upright stance and physique cladding throughout lends it some SUV character.

Kia Carens: inside design

In typical Kia trend, the inside of the Carens may be very nicely appointed with premium-looking supplies and a nicely laid out dashboard. Curiously, the dashboard is kind of deep, extending nicely in the direction of the entrance windshield, due to a slight cab-forward design usually seen in MPVs. The inside additionally has a clear, layered impact with the infotainment system neatly built-in within the sprint. There’s even some positive detailing on the dashboard trim and on the door panels, including some jazz to the inside.

Beneath the top-half, the AC vents have been built-in seamlessly alongside the width of the inside. It additionally will get a brand new touch-based panel with toggle switches for working the local weather controls, with the ambient lighting panel underlining all of this. The centre console is brief and stubby and options further controls for seat air flow, drive modes, and so forth. The Carens will likely be accessible in each 6- and 7-seat configurations, with the previous getting captains seats for the second row. The third row of seats, nevertheless, don’t appear probably the most beneficiant when it comes to house.

Kia Carens: options

This being a Kia, the gear record is an enormous spotlight of the Carens. High-spec variants of the Carens will come geared up with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Kia’s UVO join. It additionally will get a completely digital instrument cluster, an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a multi-function steering wheel with buttons for audio controls, voice instructions and calling, just like the one seen on the Seltos and the Sonet.

Notably, the Carens will get roof-mounted AC vents to help cooling on the rear, which guidelines out the opportunity of a panoramic sunroof sooner or later. The Carens solely will get a single pane sunroof. Different highlights on the Carens embrace a 64-colour ambient lighting, ventilated entrance seats, seat-back tables with cup holders, electrically powered, one-touch tumble down characteristic for the second row (first in phase characteristic) and an air air purifier. Kia has notably careworn on security options with the Carens as all fashions get six airbags, ABS, ESC, hill-start help, disc brakes in any respect 4 ends, TPMS and rear parking sensors as customary.

Kia Carens: engine and gearbox choices

Beneath the hood, the Carens will get the choice of two petrol engines and a diesel engine. The primary is a 115hp, 144Nm, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which can solely be supplied with a 6-speed guide gearbox. Then there’s the 140hp, 242Nm, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes mated to both a 6-speed guide or a 7-speed DCT gearbox.

Lastly, the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit that produces 115hp and 250Nm of peak torque and Kia affords both a 6-speed guide or 6-speed torque converter computerized gearbox. These engine-gearbox mixtures are the identical as those supplied within the Seltos.

The Kia Carens is anticipated to be priced equally to the Hyundai Alcazar, which suggests it may vary between Rs 16-20 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, the Kia Carens will likely be positioned between the Maruti XL6 and the Toyota Innova Crysta. It should rival the likes of the Hyundai Alcazar and different equally priced SUVs on this vary.

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