Kia is preparing to launch their new MPV in the Indian market. It will be unveiled on December 16th and will be called Carens. The new MPV is expected to launch in February or March next year. Now, the engine options of the Carens have leaked ahead of its launch. According to Rushlane, Kia will offer Carens with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Both the engines are currently doing duty on the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. The 1.4-litre petrol engine is a turbocharged unit and it comes with direct injection. The engine produces 140 PS of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque.
It will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. There will also be a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that will come with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. So, the driver would be able to take manual control whenever he wants. There will also be traction modes and different drive modes on offer.
Then there is the 1.5-litre diesel engine. It produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and there will be a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission on offer also.
Pricing and rivals
Carens is expected to start from around Rs. 15 lakhs ex-showroom and go upto Rs. 20 lakhs ex-showroom. It will be going against Hyundai Alcazar, Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus.
From the design sketches that were released by Kia, the Carens look attractive. In the renders that were based on the sketches, the Carens look more like a SUV instead of an MPV. This is a good thing as SUVs sales have increased significantly in the past few years. It will attract more attention than a MPV would have.
Up-front there are Y-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps, there are split headlamps, a flat bonnet and an aggressive-looking bumper. On the sides, there are 5-spoke alloy wheels and thick plastic cladding that gives Carens a SUV look. The window beltline is finished in chrome and stretches all the way to the C-pillar. Also, there are strong character lines that stretch from the Daytime Running Lamp to the front door then it emerges from the rear door and integrates with the rear tail lamps. At the rear, the tail lamps use LED units and the bumper has a faux skid plate.
Being a Kia, there will be a lot of features on offer. The lower variants come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system while the higher variants are expected to come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Both of them will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There would be a digital instrument cluster, cruise control, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, multi-information display, keyless entry, air purifier, push button to start/stop the engine and much more.