Upcoming Kia ‘Carens’ 7-Seater MPV Spied Testing In Bengaluru

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Kia has been a force to reckon with, ever since it set up shop in the Indian car market. Despite the carmaker’s huge popularity, the Korean carmaker’s Indian portfolio is rather minuscule. The manufacturer currently sells only three cars in India, namely Seltos, Sonet and Carnival. But it is out in the open that Kia is currently working on expanding its portfolio and its next big launch is expected to be a 7-seater MPV based on the Seltos. It is worth noting here that Kia India has also trademarked the name ‘Carens’.

New spy shots

And now, our avid reader Vinay Ramchandra has managed to click a few snaps of the upcoming MPV. The rumoured ‘Carens’ was being tested on road near Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

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Here’s what we can make out

Delving into the details now, the overall silhouette of the MPV seems to be rather boxy. It hints at its approach that it is going to be a proper people-carrier rather than taking the rugged route. Although the test mule was heavily covered in camouflage, some key details are prominently visible. It is going to have a longer wheelbase as compared to the Seltos while it will also have a longer overhang. As the spy shots suggest, the upcoming MPV will most likely sport LED lighting all around. Although we will have to wait for more information to flow in to confirm the same.

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Expected specs and features

Speaking about features on offer, it should come along with a 360-degree camera, heads-up display, sunroof, air purifier, ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring system, cruise control, DRLs, ambient lighting, connected car tech and much more. It might even have more features than the Sonet and Seltos. As for the technical specifications, nothing has been revealed yet. We expect the Kia KY to be available with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol mill and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor, which are also available on the Kia Seltos in India. The former is capable of generating 115 PS and 144 Nm, while the latter can belt out 115 PS and 250 Nm.

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Talking about its rivals, it will most likely lock its horns with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga XL6. Kia does have Carnival in its portfolio when it comes to people-hoarders but given its premium price tag, Kia could really make do with an affordable MPV.

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