Kia Carens facelift: new spy shots, updated details, design, launch timeline

The upcoming facelifted Kia Carens is set to borrow styling cues from the refreshed Sonet and Seltos models. While no mechanical changes are expected, the Carens facelift is anticipated to receive styling updates and new features, making it even more appealing to consumers.

Some key highlights of the upcoming Carens facelift include:
1. Redesigned headlamps inspired by newer Kia models
2. Addition of a 360-degree camera
3. New alloy wheels for a refreshed look
4. Introduction of first-in-segment Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
5. Possible inclusion of new features in the cabin

In terms of powertrain options, the Carens facelift is likely to retain its existing lineup, which includes a 115hp 1.5-liter NA petrol engine, a 160hp 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine, and a 116hp 1.5-liter diesel engine. Customers can choose from a variety of gearbox options, including a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed torque converter automatic, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The pre-facelift Kia Carens is currently priced between Rs 10.52 lakh and Rs 19.67 lakh (ex-showroom). With the anticipated updates and enhancements in the facelifted version, a slight price hike can be expected. Upon its launch next year, the Carens will continue to compete with popular models such as the Maruti Suzuki XL6, Mahindra Marazzo, Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Rumion, and the Toyota Innova Crysta.

In addition to the facelifted version, Kia is also reportedly working on a Carens-based electric vehicle (EV) for the Indian market. Codenamed KY-EV, this electric variant is expected to debut in the second half of next year. Similar to the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV, the Carens EV is likely to feature a comparable battery size and electric motor setup.

Exciting times lie ahead for Kia fans, as the Carens facelift promises to deliver a refreshed look, enhanced features, and the introduction of cutting-edge technology to the popular MPV segment. Stay tuned for more updates on this highly anticipated release!

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