Kia has introduced the Carens in India, with a starting price tag of Rs 8.99 lakh. Deliveries for the MUV are expected to begin this month. The Carens is available in both petrol and diesel variants, with manual and automatic transmission options.
The Kia Carens MUV is available in five trim levels: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus. In addition, the Kia Carens is available in 6- and 7-seater configurations.
With its sleek split LED headlamps and Y-shaped DRLs, the Kia Carens has a very stylish and upmarket appearance. Furthermore, the MUV’s glossy black front grille and air intakes add a sporty touch.
Moving to the sides, the Kia Carens has a classic MUV silhouette with a large glass area. However, the 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and chrome elements add some bling, while the black claddings give the MUV a more rugged stance.
The new Kia Carens has the most stylish rear end, with wrap-around Y-shaped LED tail lamps connected by a light bar in the middle. Furthermore, the rear bumper is heavily chromed to give the MUV a more upscale appearance.
The Kia Carens MUV is also available in seven different exterior colours: blue, brown, silver, pearl white, white, grey, and black. Inside, the Kia Carens is brimming with the latest features and goodies, including a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Kia’s UVO connected car tech, an electric sunroof, ambient lighting, a cooled glove box, an 8-speaker BOSE sound system, a full-digital driver’s display, an air purifier, and many more.
To add to the convenience, the Kia Carens MUV has ventilated front seats, a wireless charging pad, roof-mounted AC for 2nd and 3rd-row passengers, cooled cup holders, and sunshades for 2nd-row passengers.
Aside from that, the Kia Carens will have 6 USB-C ports, allowing all occupants of the MUV to charge their digital devices at the same time. In terms of safety, the Kia Carens includes 6-airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, ESP, BAS, hill-hold, Highline TPMS, ABS, EBD, ISOFIX Mounts, All-Wheel Disc Brakes, and other features.
Kia Carens has three engine options. The base petrol engine is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with 113bhp and 144Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine produces 114bhp and 250Nm of torque. The third engine option is a sporty 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 138bhp and 242Nm of torque.
All engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission; however, only the turbocharged engines are available with automatic transmissions. The diesel engine has a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the turbocharged petrol engine has a 7-speed DCT.
The company also received over 19,000 bookings, and it is on track to increase the annual capacity of its manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh. Kia is preparing to run three shifts in its Anantapur facility to meet the maximum production capacity of 3 lakh units per year.
While Kia has aggressively priced the Kia Carens, the base 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with manual transmission is only available in Premium and Prestige trim levels, with the latter costing Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Kia has priced the turbocharged petrol and diesel engines almost identically, with a starting price of Rs 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Furthermore, the top-end variants are priced the same, at Rs 16.19 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for manual variants and Rs 16.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for automatic variants. The Kia Carens equipped with the turbocharged petrol engine, on the other hand, offers an automatic gearbox option in the ‘Prestige Plus’ trim as well, whereas the diesel unit only offers automatic transmission in the top-end ‘Luxury-Plus’ trim.
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