Kia Carens Diesel iMT To Launch Soon
Kia is aiming to provide more basic variations, including one with a five-seat arrangement that would sit below the Premium grade in the Carens’ line-up. The company will shortly debut the Kia Carens with a diesel iMT powertrain.
The MPV’s upgrading to the impending BS6 Phase-II emission requirements will probably coincide with these changes to the Kia Carens.
Just a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox are now available for the diesel Kia Carens. The new clutchless manual transmission, or iMT, will sit between standard manual and automatic gearboxes. Updates will be made to the 115hp, 1.5-liter diesel engine prior to the implementation of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) standards on April 1, 2023. The Seltos SUV already comes with Kia’s diesel-iMT powerplant.
In order to make the base 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine comply with E20 and RDE, Kia will also upgrade it.
In advance of the RDE standards, the automaker will swap out the 1.4-liter turbo-petrol engine with a 1.5-liter turbo-petrol unit.
Hyundai, the sibling company of Kia, debuted the engine in the Alcazar first, and it will also be available in other Hyundai vehicles, such as the impending new-generation Verna.
In an effort to make the MPV more accessible, Kia is also expected to release new basic models with naturally aspirated petrol and diesel powertrains. The new variations are anticipated to fall below the Premium variation, which is now the Carens range’s entry point.
Kia is also most likely to offer a five-seat configuration with the basic model, making the Carens the only MPV in its class with such a layout choice.
The XL6 and Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki are competitors of the Carens. Starting at Rs 10.19 lakh, the Carens is more expensive than the more popular Ertiga but less expensive than the XL6 (Rs 11.41 lakh) (Rs 8.49 lakh).
So, the entry-level models may be an effort to draw Ertiga consumers into Kia shops.
The new basic variations are expected to lack some accouterments, such as leatherette seats and second-row folding armrests, which are now available on the Premium model. Yet, given that the automaker has recently increased the number of standard safety features throughout its lineup, Kia is unlikely to skimp on safety equipment.
Kia has disclosed that it will spend Rs 2,000 crore to produce two electric vehicles in-house by 2025. As the automaker will continue to concentrate on the MPV sector, one of them is probably going to be an all-electric MPV. Between the Seltos and the Sonet, Kia will also introduce a brand-new, tough small SUV that will be powered by an ICE.
Kia is anticipated to introduce the Seltos facelift and the KA4 MPV in India soon.
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