The all-new 2022 Kia Carens has just been unveiled in India, and it’s not anymore the European-styled MPV that you used to remember. As the world continues to be addicted with SUVs and crossovers, the Carens’ transformation into a rugged-looking vehicle is a sign of the times, and it makes a lot of sense for this rugged crossover to be sold in the Philippines.
Riding on the same platform as the Seltos, the 2022 Kia Carens is flaunting the brand’s latest “Opposite United” design language. Upfront, we can see a pair of striking LED headlights with a unique LED daytime running light design that’s now a signature of the South Korean automaker. Whereas the previous Carens looked sleek and low-slung, this all-new model is now more upright and ruggedly styled.
The side and rear-end of the all-new Carens is much more upright now, and this should give third-row occupants better space compared to the previous model. At the back, the LED taillights are connected by a red reflector strip, which gives it an illusion of an LED light bar. Overall, its rugged styling is now a much better fit for Filipino consumers.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the Kia Carens has been radically redesigned. Front and center is a 10.25-inch Kia Connect infotainment system, which supports over-the-air (OTA) updates. Other interior features include an eight-speaker Bose sound system, 64-color ambient LED lights, SkyLight sunroof, ventilated front seats, and an air purifier system. Those at the rear benefit from flip-up tables, rear sunshades, USB-C charging ports, and one-touch folding second-row seats for easy third-row access.
Kia has not yet announced the details of the Carens’ powertrains. Kia only confirmed that it will be offered with a mix of gasoline and diesel engine options, along with multiple transmission options, ranging from a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to a six-speed torque-converter automatic.
The 2022 Kia Carens will first go on sale in India and other markets. Now that it’s a rugged crossover, do you think that Kia Philipines should bring back the Carens in our market?