Kia has up to date the Carens with new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and E20 (20% ethanol blended in petrol) compliant engines, with costs now ranging between ₹10.45 lakh and ₹18.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The up to date Carens now will get a brand new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine rather than the older 1.4-litre unit, and Kia has additionally changed the 6-speed handbook gearbox with a 6-speed iMT on the turbo-petrol and diesel variants. Additionally, there are minor updates to the tools listing as nicely.
Prices for the brand new turbo-petrol and diesel variants have gone up by as much as ₹50,000, whereas the naturally aspirated petrol variants see a ₹25,000 bump in value.
The most important replace to the Carens line-up is a brand new 160hp, 253Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that replaces the older 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit. This new engine marks a 20hp, 11Nm bump in output, and whereas the 7-speed DCT has been retained, the 6-speed handbook has been changed by a brand new 6-speed iMT unit. With this, the Carens is now additionally probably the most highly effective MPV in its class by a good margin.
The different two engine choices on the Carens — 115hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 115hp, diesel — have additionally been up to date to satisfy RDE norms and E20 gasoline compliance. The diesel engine additionally loses its 6-speed handbook gearbox in favour of the brand new 6-speed iMT unit. The diesel engine is obtainable with a 6-speed torque converter automated gearbox, whereas the naturally aspirated petrol engine is solely out there with a 6-speed handbook gearbox.
Kia has additionally made a minor change to the tools listing on the Carens — the 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster with the 4.2-inch color MID has been made normal throughout the vary — it was beforehand provided from the Prestige trim onwards.
As earlier than, the Carens continues to be provided in 5 trims — Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus. The top-spec Luxury Plus is the one trim to be provided in each 6- and 7-seater guise, whereas all different trims are 7-seaters solely.
Other highlights embody auto local weather management, a ten.25-inch touchscreen with related automobile tech, keyless go, cruise management, ventilated entrance seats, wi-fi telephone charging and rear-view digicam. As for security options, the Carens will get six airbags, ABS, ESC, hill begin and descent management, and a tyre strain monitoring system as normal.
The Carens rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the XL6 within the Indian market. For reference, the Ertiga is priced between ₹8.35 lakh and ₹12.79 lakh, whereas the XL6 is priced between ₹11.41 lakh and ₹14.67 lakh, each costs ex-showroom, Delhi. The Carens is a good bit dearer than each its rivals, nevertheless it’s additionally extra premium with extra highly effective engines and an expansive options listing.