The variant list for the much-anticipated Kia Carens has been revealed, and bookings for the same will open on January 14th. There will be 5 variants available: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and finally Luxury Plus. As we learnt during the unveil, the car will come in both 6-seater and 7-seater variants. There will also be 3 engines on offer- a 1.5L petrol engine producing 113HP/144NM, a 1.4L turbo-petrol producing 138HP/242NM, and a 1.5L diesel producing 113HP/250NM.
The safety features are standard across all variants, which is a fantastic decision by Kia. These include 6 airbags, ESC, VSM, BAS, HAC, Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS, Disc brakes on all wheels, Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and others as well. There is also an ISOFIX anchorage points, speed sensing door locks and impact sensing door unlock mechanisms. There are also 8 colours on offer: Blue, Brown, Silver, Red, White pearl, White, Grey, Black Pearl.
Now, let’s get into the intricacies of each variant!
Premium (Petrol 1.5L and 1.4L, Diesel 1.5L)
The Premium variant gets 16″ steel wheels, an integrated rear spoiler, two-tone black and beige interior, an indigo metal paint dashboard, semi-leatherette seats, seats splitting in 60:40 split for the second row and 50:50 for the third row, adjustable headrests, a 7.5″ LCD cluster and 5 USB-C ports as standard.
Prestige (Petrol 1.5L and 1.4L, Diesel 1.5L)
The Prestige variant gets all the features of the Premium variant, and in addition to it gets a dark metal paint dashboard, integrated roof rails, a shark fin antenna, a rearview camera, driving rearview monitor, keyless entry, a sunglass case in the console lamp, an 8″ touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.5″ LCD cluster, steering mounted audio, auto headlamps, 6 speakers, voice recognition and more as standard
Prestige Plus (Petrol 1.4L, Diesel 1.5L)
The Prestige Plus variant gets all the features of the Prestige variant, and in addition to it gets “Star Map” LED DRL’s and tail lamps, 16″ Dual Tone Crystal-Cut alloys, chrome beltline, automatic AC, push-button start, remote engine start, a rear wiper and defogger, 1st and 2nd-row cooling cup holders, multiple drive modes like Sport, Normal,Eco etc, and cruise control with speed limiter and more as standard.
Luxury (Petrol 1.4L, Diesel 1.5L)
The Luxury variant gets all the features of the Prestige Plus variant, and in addition to it gets “Ice Cube” LED foglamps, DRL’s with integrated turn signals, 64-colour ambient lighting, two-tone navy and beige interiors, a black high-gloss dashboard, leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome door handles, anti-glare rearview mirrors, telescopic steering, a retractable seatback table, 10.25″ touchscreen infotainment system with Kia Connect, an air purifier with virus protection and more as standard.
Luxury Plus (Petrol 1.4L, Diesel 1.5L)
The Luxury Plus variant gets all the features of the Luxury variant, and in addition to it gets a sunroof, rear door spot lamps, premium leatherette seats, ambient lighting linked with multi-drive modes, captain seats in the 2nd row, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, wireless smartphone charging system and paddle shifters as well.
Bookings will begin on January 14th, with an approximation of Rs 12 lakh to be the starting price for the car(ens). Such competitive pricing if done right will ensure Kia takes control of the segment, as the car is quite specced out across all variants, and has the capability to become a segment leader! An official announcement for the prices should soon follow as well. To see the car’s first impressions, click here.