Another popular minivan became the SUV

Kia has introduced the new Carens as a “three-row leisure vehicle”.

Korean manufacturer Kia has introduced the all-new fourth generation Carens. The company describes the popular model as a “three-row recreational vehicle” that uses the stylistic features of an SUV / crossover, while retaining the family character of its predecessors with an emphasis on practicality.

The new Carens shares its platform with Seltos. Both models have the same width of 1800 mm (71 inches), but Carens is longer – 4540 mm and higher – 1700 mm. The wheelbase has also been increased and is one of the leaders in the class – 2780 mm.

In appearance, the fourth generation of Carens is very different from its predecessor, which was a minivan. The model received Kia’s latest design language, called Opposites United. With the exception of the 16-inch wheels, which look quite small for the high body, Carens looks like a real SUV with modern LED headlights and taillights and plastic fuses all over the body.

The interior is also quite modern for a car from this segment. The central 10.25-inch touch screen includes the Kia Connect infotainment device, which is updated over the air. Optional equipment also includes a Bose Premium Sound audio system with eight speakers, 64-color ambient lighting, SkyLight sunroof, drive modes (Sport / Eco / Normal), plus an air purification system with protection against viruses and bacteria.

In terms of practicality, the model offers three rows of seats with plenty of interior space. The second row has a “One Touch Easy Electric Tumble” system for easy entry and exit, and functions such as retractable backrest tables, sliding seat back, cooling cup holders, air vents for all rows, five USB-C the gate, the curtains for the awnings on the back door and the pockets for storing bottles and gadgets make life easier for large families.

All Kia Carens trim levels come standard with the Hi-Secure safety package, which includes six airbags, disc brakes and basic electronic systems such as ECS, ABS and Hill-Start Control.

Under the hood there is a choice between a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol or a 1.5-liter diesel combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic with dual clutch. The drive is only to the front axle. The model will initially be available in India, where sales will start in the first quarter of 2022.

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