Kia India, has unveiled the name of its upcoming product, a Recreational Vehicle (RV) in the Indian market, ’Carens’. The name, Carens, is based on the concept of ’Car + Renaissance’, which signifies the beginning of a new era of cars. With the introduction of Carens, Kia is set to revolutionize the market by creating a new segment for modern Indian families.
The CARENS becomes Kia’s fourth product for India, will be familiar to audiences overseas, as Kia has sold three generations of the Carens MPV abroad over the last two decades, and the model set to be introduced in India will be the fourth-generation Kia Carens.
With Carens, Kia is addressing unmet needs of Indian customers by offering innovative and inspiring experiences that will redefine family commuting in the country. The Kia Carens is an outcome of great efforts to find and reflect what Indian customers really want by emphasizing on a family-oriented premium vehicle that harmonizes high-tech features with practicality. The Carens will offer a unique combination of a large family vehicle with the boldness of an SUV, as well as Kia’s signature innovative and smart technology.
Only providing a glimpse of its silhouette in a promo, Kia says the Carens MPV will combine the attributes of ‘a large family vehicle with the boldness of an SUV’. The teaser doesn’t give much away, save for the distinctive light signature created by the LED DRLs up front, subtly-incorporated roof rails and LED tail-lights that appear to be linked by a light bar. Expect the Carens to feature a refreshed take on Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and other interesting design details.
On the inside, the Kia Carens is expected to have an all-new interior with only a few elements borrowed from the Seltos. Fully-loaded versions of the Carens are likely to be equipped with a large touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instruments display, powered sunroof, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, an air purifier and more.
Tae-Jin Park, Managing Director and CEO, Kia India said, “We are really excited to bring our fourth product for the Indian market, the Kia Carens. Kia wants to offer a premium and comfortable family RV that has a three-row seating configuration and features fitting in perfectly with India’s urban lifestyle and road conditions. We are confident that the Kia Carens will prove to be a game changer, and it is all set to shake up a few segments.”
The Kia Carens is set to carry over the Seltos’ 115 hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine, and could be available with a 169 hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine – as seen on the Hyundai Alcazar – as well. Expect to see both engines offered with a six-speed manual as well as a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The Kia Carens is a ‘made in India, made for the world’ product that will be manufactured at Kia’s state-of-the-art facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. The Kia Carens will make its world premiere in India on 16th December and will be launched in the first quarter of 2022.