Kia Corporation has launched its three-row recreational vehicle (RV) Kia Carens designed for modern Indian families during a world premiere event in India. The car comes with a first in India Hi-Secure Safety Package as standard across all trims, which includes six airbags, making it one of the safest vehicles in India, the company said during the launch on Thursday.
“With its bold design, high-tech features, and industry-leading safety systems, the Kia Carens is set to create a completely new segment and industry benchmark for family vehicles... We are confident that the Kia Carens will deliver meaningful experiences to modern families both in their daily and leisure life,” said Ho Sung Song, President and CEO at Kia Corporation.
Tae-Jin Park, Managing Director and CEO, Kia India, saidKia Carens packs everything.
"It's safe, feature-rich, has artistry in its design, and is comfortable and classy; it packs everything a modern Indian family would want in their vehicle... The vehicle is all set to revolutionize and redefine family commuting, it is another game-changing product dedicated to our discerning Indian customers," he said.
The RV Kia Carens will be available in India as well as selected markets starting from the first quarter of 2022.
1. Kia Carens boasts of bold design and class-leading features which gives it an SUV-like road presence while incorporating versatility in its interior design.
2. Kia Carens offers both petrol and diesel powertrains combined with multiple transmission options, including the 7DCT and 6AT.
3. The car also claims to be equipped with a plethora of practical features from connectivity features, like the next-generation Kia Connect app, to flexible seating options and features such as the Sliding Type Seat Under Tray, Retractable Seatback Table, the rear door spot lamp and the bottle and gadget holder in the third row.
4. Kia Carens three-row seater segment includes:
-26.03 Cm (10.25”) HD Touchscreen Navigation with Next Generation Kia Connect
-BOSE Premium Sound System with 8 speakers
-Cabin Surround 64 colour Ambient Mood Lighting
-Smart Pure Air Purifier with Virus and Bacteria Protection
-Hi-Secure Safety Standard Package - (6 Airbags, ESC+VSM+HAC+DBC+ABS+BAS, All Wheel Disc Brakes Standard across all trims)
-Ventilated Front Seats
-Multi Drive Modes (Sport/Eco/Normal) linked with Ambient Mood Lighting
-2nd Row Seat “One Touch Easy Electric Tumble”
-Large Cabin Space led by Longest Wheelbase in the class
Kia said in a release that the exterior of the Kia Carens embodies the company's latest design philosophy – 'Opposites United.' With SUV-like exterior design, edgy character lines and rich volume within its bold side profile, the design of the Carens results in a sporty yet sophisticated combination.
The DRL in the headlamps is designed based on Kia’s new signature lighting concept – ‘The Star Map’. The horizontal chrome garnish in the upper grille and the frame-type chrome garnish in the lower bumper creates an impressive tiger face. SUV-like side profile, high frontend with a pushed back A-pillar, and a straight roofline with optimum ground clearance makes it a capable recreational vehicle.
While the car looks sleek and dynamic with its slim DLO graphic, it also offers generous headroom as a multi-seater vehicle. At the rear, the combination lamp on the robust sections makes the Carens look wide and strong. The Star Map LED gives it a high-tech feel, and the three-dimensional chrome garnish adds to its sporty looks. Three new colours have been introduced on the Kia Carens – the mysterious Imperial Blue inspired by Azurite minerals; a low saturation Moss Brown for a unique look; and Sparkling Silver with metal particles that gives the paint a sense of vitality.
According to the company, the interior of the Kia Carens is based on the design pillar – ‘Joy for reason’ - which creates happiness through a combination of a warm and relaxing aesthetic.
The sophisticated interior features soothing colours and plenty of storage space. The dashboard has a wide high-gloss black panel that accentuates the overall design, while the door trims look stylish and are uniquely designed for offering storage space. Inspired by airplane seats, all three-seat rows in the Carens combine comfort with aesthetics by matching materials, patterns and colours in an elegant manner. The centre switches are uniquely designed so that they highlight the smart experience the Carens offers. The second-row is also packed with functionality, featuring Retractable Seatback Tables with an integrated cup holder and space to put tech gadgets, guaranteeing a pleasant journey experience.
The various Exterior and Interior design aspect of the car also consists:
- Crown Jewel Headlamps with Star Map DRL
- Star Map LED Tail Lamps
- R-16 – 40.62 (16”) Dual Tone Crystal Cut Alloy Wheels
- Two tone side door garnish
- Chrome Rear Bumper Garnish with Diamond Knurling Pattern
- Rear Skid Plate – Black Premium Hi Gloss
- Integrated Rear Spoiler with Hi-Gloss Black side cover
- Rear centre fascia reflector – Connected type
- Single Wing Type Air Vents Design with Premium Run Around Silver Garnish
- Distinct Black High Gloss Dashboard
The Kia Carens comes with Hi-Secure Safety Package, a first in India. Included as standard across all trims of the Carens are six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist System (BAS), Highline TPMS and All Wheel Disc Brakes. While the ESC protects the car from the loss of traction, HAC and DBC let drivers confidently drive on uphill and downhill roads. Additionally, the VSM ensures occupant safety by offering stability to the car when the driver must perform sudden braking and turns. The company has also offered Front-Parking Sensors, Highline TPMS, and Rain-Sensing Wipers with the car.
Kia Connect app replaces the previous UVO system. One of the major updates with Kia Connect is the enhancement of OTA (Over the Air) Map and System Updates, which is now capable of updating software without visiting the Kia workshop. The Carens will come equipped with 60+ connected car features and the AVNT of the vehicle supports ten native languages.
Space and Convenience
The large cabin space offers generous third-row legroom. The One Touch Easy Electric Tumble in the second-row ensures easy ingress and egress of the patrons in the car. The second row also features recline and slide functions. The third-row seats can also be flattened in the boot to ensure maximum cargo space.
The Cabin Surround 64 Colour Ambient Mood Lighting sets a perfect ambience at all the times. The ventilated front seats and three Drive Modes, namely Sports, Eco, and Normal, gives the driver the journey they want without any hassle. One of the best aspects of the Carens is the optimum space management of the interior, which enables the vehicle to offer plenty of storage space. The car incorporates cooling cup holders, Retractable Seat Back Table with Cup and Gadget Mount, Sliding Type Seat Under Tray, Easy Push Retractable cup holder and sliding tray, and a dedicated air freshener mounting system for maximum convenience. Kia Carens' convenience features includes:
1. 2nd row Seat Back Folding armrest with Cup Holders
2. Paddle Shifters
3. Roof Flushed 2nd & 3rd row diffused AC Vents
4. Smartphone Wireless charger with cooling function
5. Rear Door Spot Lamp with Kia Logo Projection
6. Rear Door Sunshade Curtains
7. 5 USB C type interfaces
8. Boarding Assist Handle with Illumination