Kia has announced details of a range of upgrades to the Kia Carens MPV. The updated Carens will be available in the UK from late 2016. The enhancements have refreshed the appearance and functionality of the Carens, bringing it up-to-date with Kia’s latest model designs, improving in-cabin ambience, and updating the safety and connectivity features on offer to buyers.
Sales of the Kia Carens have grown steadily since the latest model was introduced in 2013 and the model holds an important position in the Kia range as the ideal vehicle for families. The upgraded Carens will help Kia further expand sales of the car, which has contributed to the Korean brand’s best-ever six-month period recorded in the first six months of 2016.
Kia’s designers have introduced a series of changes to the upgraded Carens, including revised front and rear bumpers and fog lamp design, and an updated ‘tiger-nose’ grille, resulting in a more sculpted appearance. These changes are accompanied by the addition of a new exterior paint finish, Mysterious Blue, as well as three new designs for 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels. The updated model also boasts new rear combination lamps with a distinctive new light signature.
The Carens’ spacious seven-seat interior is enhanced with the adoption of a new seat upholstery – available with a new knit cloth pattern, or leather with a diamond-woven pattern – as well as new metallic and gloss-black accents throughout the cabin, and a new carbon-effect dashboard trim. The interior of the Carens is available with either black or beige upholstery.
Safety and Infotainment
The latest version of the Carens is available with Kia’s 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface), with navigation, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom, and rear-view parking camera. The new HMI also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for full smartphone integration. Android Auto is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher; Apple CarPlay, for iPhone 5 or newer on selected models.
Kia has also engineered a new Eco Pack for the 114 bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine, incorporating Idle Stop/Go (ISG) technology, Michelin low rolling resistance tyres, and a series of revised gear ratios. The most economical engine in the Carens line-up, the ISG-equipped Carens is now capable of producing carbon dioxide emissions as low as 109 g/km when paired with the car’s six-speed manual transmission (combined, New European Driving Cycle).