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Here’s A Glimpse At The Base-spec Kia Carens


We’ll be getting to see the upcoming people mover in its flesh on December 16

 

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  • Production-spec Kia KY will be called Carens.
  • Base model misses out on alloy wheels and panoramic sunroof.
  • Features should include digital driver’s display, touchscreen infotainment system, and connected car tech.
  • Likely to get 159PS 2-litre petrol and 115PS 1.5-litre diesel engine.
  • Prices could start from Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).

The Kia Carens has been spotted testing in its base-spec avatar ahead of its global premiere on December 16. If these spy shots are anything to go by, we believe Kia’s people-mover could undercut the Hyundai Alcazar, which is currently priced from Rs 16.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) onwards.

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For starters, the spied test mule doesn’t feature alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof. In contrast, the Alcazar gets alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof as standard on all trims. Kia could limit these two features to the Carens top-spec trims to ensure the entry-level trims are priced more attractively.  

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Recently, the people-mover’s interior has been spotted undisguised and it looks premium. Features onboard should include a touchscreen infotainment system, digital driver’s display, automatic climate control, cruise control, a Bose sound system, auto headlights and wipers, and keyless entry with push-button start. 

Passenger safety should be taken care of by multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and electronic stability control. 

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The Carens is likely to get the Alcazar’s 159PS 2-litre petrol and 115PS 1.5-litre diesel engine options. Both mills are teamed with a 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed torque converter automatic. The 115PS 1.5-litre petrol engine could be offered as an entry-level option.

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The Kia Carens is likely to be priced between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 21 lakh (ex-showroom) when it goes on sale next year. It will lock horns with the MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, and Hyundai Alcazar.

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