Kia Carens price in India revealed
The new Kia Carens has been introduced in India with pricing starting at Rs 8.99 lakh and going up to Rs 16.99 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom).
Kia has aggressively priced the Carens in the class, positioning it among traditional MPVs such as the Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti XL6. Meanwhile, fully-loaded versions are priced similarly to the Toyota Innova Crysta’s entry-level variations.
Kia’s three-row Carens, which sits below the Carnival in the Korean brand’s MPV range, is offered in five models with a choice of three engines, as well as manual and automatic transmissions.
The Carens, based on the Seltos chassis, is 225mm longer than the latter and has a 160mm larger wheelbase. In terms of design, Kia has differentiated the Carens from its SUV sibling. It is called by Kia a ‘recreational vehicle’ and has the profile of an MPV but features a variety of SUV-inspired design characteristics.
When it comes to the cabin, the Kia Carens comes standard with a seven-seat arrangement, with the higher models including a six-seat configuration with captain chairs in the second row. There are five trim levels available: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus.
All models have standard features such as air conditioning vents in each row and a one-touch electric-assisted tumble function for the second-row seat to facilitate access to the third row.The higher variations have features such as automatic temperature control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with linked car technology, keyless entry, cruise control, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, and a rearview camera.
Kia has also prioritised safety with the Carens, equipping all variations with six airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, hill start and descent control, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Buyers have three engine options: A 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engine producing 115hp, a turbocharged petrol engine producing 140hp, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 115hp.
All three engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, with the turbo-petrol and diesel engines being available with automated transmissions. The turbo-petrol engine may be specified with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the diesel engine can be specified with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The turbo-petrol and diesel engines are standard across all models of the Kia Carens, while the 1.5-litre petrol engine is available only on the Premium and Prestige trim levels. The diesel automatic transmission is only offered on the fully equipped Luxury Plus, whilst the turbo petrol-DCT transmission is available on the mid-spec Prestige Plus and top-spec variants.