Still on Kia news, Kia Motor has released the first official image of its MPV, the Carens/Rondo ahead of its official unveiling at Paris Motorshow. The MPV is last in the product line-up to receive Peter Schreyer corporate look, where the current model is devoid of any aggressive tiger grille, intricate elongated headlight with elaborate graphic and distinctive side creases treatment. The new Carens gets all the afore-mentioned, and this time around will be offered in both 5 or 7 seater configuration.
The headlight is clearly K3 Forte/Cee'd inspired, with stretched trailing edge extension, with elaborative internal graphics and the now customary radiator grille design. It is only the front bumper lower fascia that looks a bit dowdy, unlike any of the contemporary Kia. Side panel is decorated with the lower sill depression, perhaps in an attempt to break the visual mass.
The rear too carries current Kia design language, very reminiscent of the recently unveiled new K3 Forte. The rear light unit features intricate inner detailings as depicted above. The said lights are linked by the chrome garnish.There is also a blackened lower valence to inject some air of sportiness at the rear end.
The new Kia Carens/Rondo sits on a platform shared with Kia Cee'd. Hence it will be very likely that it will mirror the engine line-up of the Cee'd family too. The interior follows the same theme as the recent Kia, with a clear layered layout. The switchgear is a combination of Carens-exclusive and the parts bin carry over.
In Malaysia, Kia Carens is sold as Naza Rondo, rebadged and assembled locally in Gurun, Kedah. The new model is expected to follow the same modus operandi. Kia Carens/Rondo will be officially showcased during Paris Motorshow. Stay tune for more detail news.