All-new Kia Carens ready for Paris debut

Kia promises that the updated Carens will be lower and sleeker than the previous model, and that the compact MPV has been conceived around a ‘dynamic space’ theme.

The new Carens is based on the cee’d’s platform, with Kia focusing heavily on the car’s updated visuals. The car will come with a cab-forward design, a lower roofline, longer wheelbase and larger wheels.

Reports have suggested that the interior of the new Carens has a number of clever storage areas, including one hidden in the floor plan behind the front seats. Its build quality is also impressive, with the third row of seats able to fold in an incredibly easy manner.

That third row of seats comes as standard in all UK versions of the new Carens. The second row is also able to fold, with each seat able to slide back and forth with consummate ease.

There will be a number of premium options available on the new Carens, including a heated steering wheel and rear seats, a smart park assist feature and a panoramic roof.

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Four engines will be available with the new Carens. Buyers will have a choice between a 1.7-litre diesel engine with either 113bhp or 134bhp. Buyers also have the option of a 133bhp 1.6 GDI petrol engine. A 175bhp 2.0 GDI engine will also be offered. UK buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual or auto.

The new Kia Carens will be released in spring 2013. Prices for the current Kia Carens model start from £12,705 and come with the manufacturer’s famed seven-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Buyers interested in investing in a new Kia Carens can contact Perrys Kia dealerships.