Kia Carens 1.5 Turbo-Petrol Launched At A Price Of Rs 12 Lakh
With new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and E20 (20 per cent ethanol blended with petrol) compliant engines, Kia has introduced the revised Carens, with pricing now ranging between Rs 10.45 lakh and Rs 18.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The upgraded Kia Carens now sports a new 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine in lieu of the previous 1.4-litre unit, and Kia has also swapped out the 6-speed manual transmission on the turbo-petrol and diesel models with a 6-speed iMT. Some modifications have also been made to the equipment list.
The cost of the new turbo-petrol and diesel versions has increased by as much as Rs 50,000, while the cost of the normally aspirated petrol variants has increased by Rs 25,000.
The Kia Carens 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that replaces the earlier 140-hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit in the Carens lineup has 160 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque. The output of this new engine has increased by 20 horsepower and 11 Nm, and while the 7-speed DCT has been kept, a new 6-speed iMT unit has taken the place of the 6-speed manual. As a result, the Carens is now by far the most potent MPV in its class.
We have previously said that this new 1.5-litre engine will be available for Kia and Hyundai cars in December 2022. This new engine is now available in the Alcazar and will soon be available in the Seltos and Creta, taking the place of the cars’ respective 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines.
The Carens’ other two engine choices, a 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engine with 115 horsepower and a 115-horsepower diesel engine, have also been modified to comply with RDE standards and the E20 fuel standard. Nevertheless, the new 6-speed iMT unit replaces the diesel engine’s 6-speed manual gearbox. While the normally aspirated petrol engine is only compatible with a 6-speed manual transmission, the diesel engine is also offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster with the 4.2-inch colour MID has been made standard across the range for the Carens; it was formerly an option starting with the Prestige trim. Kia has also made a slight update to the Carens’ equipment list.
The Carens is still available in five trim levels, including Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus. Only the top-spec Luxury Plus trim is available in 6- and 7-seater configurations; all other trims are 7-seaters exclusively.
Auto temperature control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with linked car technology, keyless entry, cruise control, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, and a rear-view camera are some of the other standout features of the Carens. Six airbags, ABS, ESC, hill start and descent control, and a tyre pressure monitoring system are all included as standard safety equipment with the Carens.
In our market, the Carens competes with vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the XL6. For comparison, the Ertiga is priced ex-showroom in Delhi between Rs 8.35 lakh and Rs 12.79 lakh, while the XL6 is priced between Rs 11.41 lakh and Rs 14.67 lakh. The Carens is somewhat more expensive than any of its competitors, but it is also more high-end with more potent engines and a long list of amenities.
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