Kia Carens to Rival Marazzo & XL6 - MPVs < 15 Lakh in India
Upcoming 7 Seater Kia Carens to Rival Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti Suzuki XL6 - MPVs Under Rs 15 Lakh in India
It is no secret that the MPV segment is taking off in India with the XL6 from Maruti doing good numbers while the Innova Crysta continues to be the favourite. Kia however wants a slice of the pie while developing an MPV for the Indian market in early 2022 according to some reports. We would guess it is the Kia Carens MPV which is there in the mid-size MPV segment and being a correct fit for India.
What is the Kia Carens?
The Carens is a compact MPV that has been on sale for many years within the Kia family and is an old name but being given new model generations from time to time. The Kia Carens also has been part of the new Kia design range being introduced some years back. It is a compact MPV but still fairly large at 4.5m plus length and width of 1805mm. The design is typically Kia but unlike the much bigger Carnival, the Carens is much smaller and more like a crossover with being less like a van like the Kia Carnival.
What about the Interior?
The Carens is like any Kia and brings in a quality cabin with soft touch materials and a dual-tone look. The design is like the current Kia Carnival. The touch screen looks a bit small but that would be changed for India. The big change would be the long features list which would give it an edge over the Maruti XL6 and the Marazzo. It has a three row seating style and it comes with features like a fold-up tray, ventilated seats, 10-way power adjustable seat, 2dn row sliding and 60:40 split, electric seat cushion, 6 airbags, ESC and Hillstart assist.
What about Engines?
We expect Kia to launch its MPV based on the Carens with the same engines as the Seltos while we can expect a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Worldwide the Carens also gets a 7-speed DCT which we might also get.
What would be the Pricing Range?
The Carens would be above the XL6 and also more expensive over the Marazzo but the Kia would justify it by having features and the quality. However it would be aiming straight at the Innova Crysta while being much cheaper.
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