28 September 2012

The new Kia Carens - technical details & gallery

The new 2013 Kia Carens finally bowed in at the Paris Motorshow. We have seen both the exterior and interior styling of Kia's final model to incorporate Schreyer's aesthetic overhaul, and now the we have all the technical  specification laid down.

The new Carens/Rondo measures 4,520mm long, 1,805mm wide and 1,610mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,750mm. Comparatively, the 2013 Kia Carens is 20mm shorter, 15mm narrower and significantly 40mm lower than the outgoing model. The more compact exterior volume however is accompanied by the improved interior space, thanks to 50mm increased in wheelbase, and a stretched A-pillar which the cowl top now is vertically above the front wheel centre line. The MPV will be offered in either 5 or 7 seater format, although both will share the same body shell.

For the 7 seater version, as depicted above, the second row seat will 3-split to an added versatility, while the rear most seat is 50/50 split. The cabin majors in comfort, with the second row gets their own car-like console mounted air vents. In Europe at least, 2013 Carens is highly spesified with electric parking brake, keyless entry with starter button, 4.2" LCD HD screen, 6 speaker setup with optional amps & sub-woofer, puddle lights for front door handles and large powered sunroof, of course, all of which depending on trim level.

 The engine option in Europe include a coupe of diesel and petrol respectively. The oil-burner is 1.7L mill, available in two states of tune. The lower output version cranks out 115PS and 260Nm of power and torque while the higher output model churns out 136PS and 330Nm of power and torque. The entry-level gasoline model is powered by the 1.6L gasoline direct injection, kicking some 135PS and 165Nm and the range topper is also a GDI unit, displacing 2.0L and pumping 177PS and 211Nm. All units can be paired with either 6 speed manual gerbox or 6 speed automatic.

The gallery of the new 2013 Kia Carens can be found below.

More photos after the jump.

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