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Kia Carens Turbo-petrol To Soon Get A Larger Engine With More Power

Also, this engine will be plonked with a six-speed iMT instead of the proper six-speed manual ‘box with a clutch pedal


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  • Kia Carens to get the new 160PS 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. 
  • It will be offered with a six-speed iMT (first for Carens) and seven-speed DCT.
  • The new engine puts out 20PS and 11Nm more than the older 1.4-litre unit.
  • The turbo-petrol manual powertrain combo will soon be discontinued.
  • Launch expected to happen soon. 

The Hyundai Group in India will soon phase out its 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine in lieu of a larger and more powerful 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit. The Korean marque has already said that the Verna and 2023 Alcazar will get it first. Following that, we now have confirmation that the Kia Carens is confirmed to get the updated powertrain option soon. 


Hyundai’s new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine puts out 160PS and 253Nm, which is 20PS and 11Nm more than the outgoing unit. And while the 1.4-litre unit comes with a proper six-speed manual, Kia will be replacing it with the more convenient six-speed iMT, a first for an MPV, which will be sold alongside the seven-speed DCT option. 

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This engine option will also bring idle start stop functionality, technically boosting the MPV’s fuel efficiency. For instance, in the Alcazar, this engine is claimed to return 17.5kmpl and 18kmpl for the manual and DCT, respectively. So you can expect near similar numbers in the Carens’ 1.5-litre turbo-petrol variant. 

Apart from this engine, the Carens will continue with its 115PS 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines. Plus, all the three engines will meet RDE emission standards and will be compliant with E20 fuel (with 20 percent ethanol blend). The Carens will continue to be available in five broad trims: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus. 

That said, these updates mean you can expect the prices to be bumped up over the current model that is priced at Rs 10.2 lakh (ex-showroom). It will renew its rivalry with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra Marazzo and can be considered a more affordable alternative to the Toyota Innova Hycross and Crysta

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