KIA showed a new crossover (video)

KIA showed a new crossover (video)

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KIA India has revealed the first teaser of the new model and confirmed that it will be named Carens. In the past, this was the name of a small van, but now the Carens will be a cross-van on the Seltos platform, with front-wheel drive and a seven-month-long saloon. In the engine range of the novelty, a petrol “aspirated” 1.5 and a diesel of the same volume are expected. The premiere is scheduled for December 16.

The KIA Carens crossvan will be about twenty centimeters longer than the donor KIA Seltos. The entire increase will go in favor of the third row of seats, so that the model will primarily target family customers. The teaser, published on YouTube, is uninformative: in it you can only see the running lights stylized as “games”, connected by a thin strip of headlights and roof rails.

To local journalists, the KIA India management promised “space like in a big family car” and “courage of an SUV”, but Carens most likely will not have any off-road potential. It all comes down to a “rough” plastic body kit around the perimeter, and the car will only have front-wheel drive. The cross-van will share the motor range with a related crossover – a gasoline “aspirated” and a 1.5-liter diesel engine.

The Seltos SUV is also sold with a 1.4 T-GDI petrol turbo four with a capacity of 140 horsepower, but the Carens is not supposed to have such a unit. The cross-van will be produced at a local plant. Sales will begin next year. It is possible that later the model will be exported to other countries.

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