Wednesday 25 July 2012

Teaser: 2013 Kia Carens/Rondo

Kia has announced that it will launch the third-generation Carens compact MPV at the Paris motor show in late September.

Previewed in the pair of teaser images, the new Carens will be visually bolder than its predecessors and more upscale.

The sketches reveal that the Carens will effectively be a larger version of the Cee’d. Under Kia’s design chief Peter Schreyer, the new Carens has been designed around a “dynamic space” theme.

It gets a much lower roofline than the current car, alongside a sleek profile and glasshouse, cab-forward design, strong beltline, sculpted side profile, and large alloys.

The new Carens/Rondo will launch with two wheelbases; short and long, offering both five and seven seats configurations – the latter to replace the ill-fated Sedona.

It will underpin the recently-launched Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd, meaning powertrains and transmissions will be carried over, which will be mated to either manual, automatic, or dual-clutch transmissions.

The Carens will compete with the Ford C-Max, Chevrolet Orlando, Peugeot 5008, Citro├źn C4 Picasso, Vauxhall/Opel Zafira, Fiat Freemont, and the Dacia Lodgy.

The new Carens will launch in September and will go on sale during Spring 2013.

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