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First Look: The Kia Carens

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 05 Jan' 22 | Updated: 13 Jan' 22


The First Look of Kia Carens

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To meet the needs of the Indian market, Kia has introduced its fourth model. According to Kia, this vehicle is neither an MPV nor an SUV but rather a well-balanced combination of both body forms. It is known as the Kia Carens. 

 

While we were equally perplexed as you are, we were fortunate enough to be able to witness the three-row model in person, and here's what we discovered.

How does Kia Carens seem from the outside?

The First Look of Kia Carens

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The Kia Carens is now built on the Kia Seltos SUV, which is the company's best-selling vehicle. The Kia Carens, on the other hand, has managed to achieve a distinctive exterior design and appearance. 

 

This is the first time a split headlight system has been used, and it marks the beginning of Kia's new 'Opposites United' design philosophy, which abandons the conventional tiger-nose grille in favor of a split headlamp setup.

 

The front of Kia Carens is finished in a piano black with a textured look and is flanked by LED daytime running lights on either side. Furthermore, the entire LED headlamps are mounted lower on the bumper and separated by a thin chrome stripe. 

 

The cluttered yet intriguing design continues to a chrome border, which also contains the three-pod LED fog lamps on either side of the Kia Carens.

The First Look of Kia Carens

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The Kia Carens is equipped with 16-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels, which we considered to be too tiny for this 'Recreational Vehicle' given its size. 

 

The flat roofline, kinking window line along the D-pillar, and plastic cladding around the wheel arches are some of the other features that give this Kia Carens three-row model a hint of SUV-ness. 

 

Moreover, the Kia Carens have the largest wheelbase in the segment, according to Kia. The specific dimensions, on the other hand, have not been published and will be released closer to the launch date.

The First Look of Kia Carens

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Moving to the back of the vehicle, the attractive split LED headlamps immediately attract attention, which is further emphasized by a connecting light stripe along the length of the Kia Carens. 

The First Look of Kia Carens

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On top of all of that, there is an extra chrome mustache on top of the roof-mounted spoiler on the Kia Carens as well as black skid plates and black bumper cladding.

What's the situation like on the inside of Kia Carens?

The First Look of Kia Carens

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Two-tone black and beige are used to decorate the interior of the Kia Carens yacht. The dashboard features a silver V-shape inlay in the center, and the door pads are also given a similar treatment to the dashboard. 

The First Look of Kia Carens

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All four air conditioning vents have been cleverly tucked away within the chrome strip that runs the length of the dashboard's breadth in the Kia Carens.

The First Look of Kia Carens

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The second row of the presented Kia Carens model was equipped with captain chairs that offer a one-touch tumble-down function for quick ingress/egress to the third row, which has a 50:50 split-fold option once again.

The First Look of Kia Carens

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The air conditioning vents for the middle and back rows have been relocated to the roof of the Kia Carens. Even while it lacks a panoramic sunroof, the Kia Carens does have a single pane electric sunroof, which is a significant improvement in terms of convenience.

What features are included in the package of Kia Carens?

The First Look of Kia Carens

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With an abundance of standard features, the Kia Carens will appeal to prospective consumers in the same way that every other Kia model introduced in the last two years has done.

The First Look of Kia Carens

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For example, it has a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, a fully digital driver's screen, vented first-row seats, 64-color mood lighting, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, integrated eight-speaker Bose sound system, and an air purifier among other features.

 

The middle row passengers in the Kia Carens are treated with a folding armrest and a retractable table that is installed on the seatbacks of the front seats in the middle row. Safety features include four disc brakes and six airbags as standard across all trim levels of the Kia Carens, which is a good thing. 

 

Other notable features included in the Kia Carens is a tyre pressure monitoring system, an anti-lock braking system, an electronic stability control system, and a hill-start and descent aid.

What's going on underneath the hood of Kia Carens?

The First Look of Kia Carens

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Kia India has not revealed the full range of engine options that will be available for the new Kia Carens. But the automaker has confirmed that the Kia Carens will be available in both petrol and diesel engines, as well as a variety of transmissions. 

 

In addition, there will be three other driving modes to choose from Sport, Eco, and Normal.

When will the Kia Carens be available, and what will be its price?

The First Look of Kia Carens

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The Kia Carens is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2022, according to our estimates. The Kia Carens Prices are estimated to vary between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 18 lakh, both ex-showroom, with the former being the most expensive. 

 

The Hyundai Alcazar, a distant relative of the Kia Carens, the Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, and MG Hector Plus are all slated to compete with the Kia Carens on the price range it is offered.

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