Kia has been very successful in the Indian market. They are currently working on a new MPV which will be called Carens in the Indian market. Carens has been spotted quite a few times but it was under heavy camouflage every time. However, this time, the interior of the MPV has been leaked. Here, are some images of the cabin of the Carens.
It seems like the pictures are of the mid-spec variant as the Carens is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This is a smaller unit as Kia also offers a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. So, it is possible that on a higher variant we will get the larger infotainment system. Both the infotainment systems do come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Below the infotainment system, there are some touch shortcut buttons to control the infotainment. Also, there is a volume knob and a tuning knob. Then we have the air conditioning vents and hazard light button. Below it, we have the automatic climate control unit and the dashboard will have silver inserts that are visible in the pictures.
There is a digital instrument cluster that shows speed on the left side and the tachometer on the right side. There is a multi-information display right in the centre of the instrument cluster. The steering wheel is a multi-function unit and is expected to be wrapped in leather. We can see that Carens will come with cruise control and the new Kia logo.
Kia Carens will also come with UVO connected car technology, a push button to start/stop engine, ambient lighting, charging ports, an electric sunroof and curtains for the second row. There will be a single touch button access to the third-row seats which will be a first in the segment.
The design of the Carens looks more like a SUV than a MPV. This has been done intentionally by Kia so that Carens is able to attract more people. There will be a flat bonnet, plastic cladding, split headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and split LED tail lamps.
Kia Carens is expected to be based on the same platform as the Hyundai Alcazar. So, there should be ample cabin space for the occupants and decent space for the third-row. Kia will offer Carens as a 7-seater or a 6-seater. The 6-seater version will be offered with captain seats for the second row.
The new MPV will be offered with a petrol as well as a diesel engine. The diesel engine will be a 1.5-litre unit that produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Kia can use three petrol engines for the Carens. There is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine, 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.
Kia will offer an automatic gearbox with diesel and a petrol engine. The diesel engine will get a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine gets a CVT automatic transmission, the turbo petrol gets a DCT whereas the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine gets a torque converter automatic. We would just have to wait for Kia to unveil the Carens officially on December 16th for more details.