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Kia Carens MPV makes international debut in India

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Late last year, Kia Motors revealed the Carens, an Indian-built MPV that promises innovation and class-leading features. The new Carens melds the best of both worlds: MPV practicality and SUV styling.

Petrol and diesel engine choices will be made available, combined with two transmission options. This includes a six-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A number of features are fitted to the new Carens such as the next-generation Kia Connect app. From a practicality perspective, family friendly tricks like the retractable seatback table and bottle and gadget holder in the third row of seats are appealing features for a large family.

Aside from that, myriad luxury features are also standard. The three-row MPV boasts 64-colour mood lihgting, ventilated front seats, a BOSE Premium sound system with eight speakers and a 10,25-inch HD touchscreen with navigation. Safety is taken care of with six airbags and a raft of electronic driver aids. This includes stability control, hill-assist control and brake assist, among others.

The cabin of the Kia Carens features one-touch electric tumbling seats in the second row, which allows for easy entry and exit in the cabin. The second row of seats can also recline and slide fore and aft, for passenger comfort. When the third row of seats are not in use, they can be stored in the boot floor to offer up generous levels of packing space.

Cooling cupholders are a nifty touch, adding to the already generous spec levels. Furthermore, the second and third rows enjoy their own air-conditioning vents and there are five UDB C-type interfaces dotted throughout the cabin. Wireless smartphone charging and rear door sunblinds also form part of the package. To keep the driver entertained, paddle shifters allow for manual control over the gearbox.

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