Kia Carens world premiere in India highlights: Kia’s three-row crossover debuts, to get six airbags as standard

Following the Seltos, Carnival and Sonet, the Kia Carens is set to plug the vast gap that exists in India’s domestic MPV market at present.

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  • 12:45 (IST)

    Kia Carens: Engine options

    Kia says the Carens will be available with multiple petrol and diesel engine options, and confirms it will also be offered with a turbo-petrol and dual-clutch automatic combo. Also available will be a diesel-six-speed automatic transmission version.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Kia Carens: Seating options

    The Carens will be available in both seven- and six-seat forms, with the latter being equipped with captain chairs for the second row passengers.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Kia Carens: Features

    The Carens comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, eight-speaker Bose sound system, 64-colour ambient lighting, one-touch tumble-and-fold second-row seats and rear AC vents.

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Kia Carens debuts!

    Here it is - your first look at the Kia Carens. More pictures and details to follow...

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Kia Carens: Safety features

    The Kia Carens will be equipped with six airbags as standard, and will also come with ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, ESP, HHC and more.

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Kia India closing in on sales milestone

    In just a little over two years, Kia has sold over 3.5 lakh vehicles in India, and will most likely cross the four lakh vehicle sales milestone by the time the Carens is launched.

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Kia Carens: World premiere event gets underway

    Kia kicks off the unveil of the Carens by announcing it will have a pure-electric line-up in all global markets by 2045.

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Kia Carens: Watch the live stream here

    You can follow the world premiere of the Kia Carens live right here.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Kia Carens - Is it an MPV? An SUV? Or something entirely different?

    In the build-up to the debut of the Carens, Kia has been saying its newest offering – which the company loosely terms a ‘recreational vehicle’ – will combine the attributes of ‘a large family vehicle with the boldness of an SUV’. This is clear from the design sketches, which reveal an MPV that appears to be slightly larger than the Seltos, but also incorporates enough SUV bits into its design to avoid looking like a traditional people-carrier. In a little over half an hour, we'll know for sure what it is...

  • 10:06 (IST)

    Kia Carens world premiere: The countdown begins

    Hello and welcome, folks, to Tech2's live coverage of the Kia Carens world premiere. The unveil event begins in a little under two hours from now, so stick with us as we bring you all the updates LIVE from the event in New Delhi.


Today is the day! Kia India will soon pull the wraps off of an all-new model from the brand – the Kia Carens, which is making its world premiere today, in New Delhi. Following the Seltos, Carnival and Sonet, the Kia Carens – which will be a new family-oriented model – is set to plug the vast gap that exists in India’s domestic MPV market at present, but with the design sketches, Kia is keen to show the Carens will be more than just another multi-purpose vehicle.

In the build-up to the debut of the Carens, Kia has been saying its newest offering – which the company loosely terms a ‘recreational vehicle’ – will combine the attributes of ‘a large family vehicle with the boldness of an SUV’. This is clear from the design sketches, which reveal an MPV that appears to be slightly larger than the Seltos, but also incorporates enough SUV bits into its design to avoid looking like a traditional people-carrier.

Sporting a new take on Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ face, the Carens features a distinctive light signature created by the kinked LED DRLs up front, which sit above the main LED headlight clusters. The large air intake has a brushed aluminium surround, there’s heavy plastic cladding around the sides of the Carens, and the subtly-incorporated roof rails all add to its tougher-than-an-MPV look. The LED tail-lights appear to be linked by a light bar in a bid to accentuate the MPV’s width, and there’s a brushed aluminium element integrated into the rear bumper as well, so when viewed from the side or rear-three-quarter angles, the Carens – at least in the sketches – appears more SUV-like.

On the inside, the Kia Carens will have the same 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system as the Seltos, along with a digital instruments display, powered sunroof, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, an air purifier and more. While we do know it will be a three-row vehicle, it remains to be seen if Kia chooses to offer it in both six- and seven-seat forms, with the former being equipped with captain chairs for the second-row passengers.

The Carens name – which was rumoured to be the name chosen for a long time – 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. According to Kia, the Carens name is “based on the concept of ’Car + Renaissance’, which signifies the beginning of a new era of cars.” Aimed at ‘modern Indian families’, Kia says the Carens will create a segment of its own.

That may not strictly be true, as the Mahindra Marazzo is still very much around but hardly finds any takers, and there does exist a chasm between India’s highest-selling MPVs – the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at the budget end, and the Toyota Innova at the premium end. Kia’s only MPV on sale in India, the Carnival, is also positioned as a super-premium offering, and the Carens – which is expected to be slightly larger than the Kia Seltos SUV, but smaller than the Carnival – will be a more affordable and more accessible family vehicle.

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.

Barring the Marazzo, the Kia Carens will have no direct rivals at launch, but it will have to contend with three-row SUVs operating in the same price segment, including the Alcazar, MG Hector Plus and Tata Safari. Expect prices for the Kia Carens to range from Rs 13-19 lakh (ex-showroom) when it’s launched in the first quarter of 2022.




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