Kia, a few days later than the teaser video and in an official sketch before the debut of its fourth-generation Carens on December 16, shows us more.
The new Carens is a step forward in aesthetics compared with the old generation, which was sold as a minivan between 2012-2018. The new model adopts an SUV-style silhouette with higher ground clearance, two-box proportions, and adventurous styling cues while integrating Kia’s latest design language called “Opposites United“.
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The aggressive DRLs above the main headlights are expanded towards the sculpted lines on the fenders, and there’s an aluminum-style surround on the lower air intake. The black A-pillars are designed to match the side sills and wheelarches with a floating roof effect.
The wheelbase appears quite long in the drawings, which allows for extra seats. At the back the modern taillights connect with a narrow strip at the tailgate. While the bumper’s decorative insert is made of aluminum, the rear bumper features a decorative aluminum-style insert.
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Inside, the steering wheel and the hardpoints look identical to the Seltos, which is to be expected since the two models are rumored to share the same underpinnings. The Carens has a futuristic dashboard design with a 10.25 inch infotainment screen integrated onto a full-width panel and chrome accents.
Carens follows the precedent set by its predecessors. They will feature seven seats and be space- and practicality-oriented. Karim Habib, Head of Kia Design Center, said: “The Kia Carens is a true reflection on what today’s customers want from their three-row vehicles.”
The official debut of the 2022 Kia carens is set for 16 December in Gurugram (India). We’ll be able to learn more information about them very soon.