The Kia Carens will be unveiled on 16 December, 2021 and is expected to be launched in India in the first half of 2022.
The Kia Carens is likely to be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines sourced from the Seltos. It is expected to be offered in both manual and automatic transmissions.
The Carens will be based on the current-gen Seltos. Being a six/seven-seater, it will be longer than the Seltos with a slightly stretched wheelbase to accommodate the third-row seats. Based on the recently revealed design sketch images, the Carens will sport a tiger-nose front grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, five-spoke alloy wheels, plastic cladding, roof rails, split LED tail lamps, and a roof-mounted spoiler.
The design sketches of the interior reveal a multi-layered dashboard with the centre-stacked 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a contrast-colour insert at the centre, and aircon vents placed below the multimedia system. Besides this, the Carens will get a three-spoke steering wheel with silver inserts and the new brand logo.
The Kia Carens is expected to be priced between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom).
The rivals to the Kia Carens will include the Maruti Suzuki XL6 and Mahindra Marazzo.