More modern styling for Kia Carens
The name Carens is derived from the words "Car" and "Renaissance" and Kia says it offers the flexibility and practicality of an MPV without losing the comfort and style of a sedan.
The front view of the latest Carens is stylish, there are large, multi-reflector headlamps and a new chromed horizontal-slat grille.
Overall the lines are now more rounded, while the contours of the oversized taillights complement the curved tailgate.
Inside, the diamond shaped centre fascia has been improved to provide a more graphic cluster.
There's ample head and legroom, while the rear seats fold down to make extra space for cargo. The "full flat" functionality of the seats is vastly different from the Carens's predecessor, offering significantly increased storage space by deleting the third row of seats. There's also a wider and taller hatch aperture for improved loading.
Standard features include power steering, electric windows, central locking, keyless remote entry, air conditioning, electronically adjustable side mirrors and a powerful four-speaker radio/CD system. There is also an overhead console with an eyewear holder, digital clock and dual map reading lights.
It's not just the body that's new, either - there's also a new 2-litre common rail direct injection turbo-diesel engine.
This produces 83 kW at 4 000 r/min and torque of 250 Nm at 2 000 r/min.
Current models have a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic available later in the year.
The Carens?s wide track and long wheelbase give it a solid road-hugging stance and the all-round independent suspension sees MacPherson struts and a stabiliser bar at the front and a dual link design at the back. There are 15-inch alloy wheels shod with wide 205/60 rubber.
Safety features include ventilated discs up front and solid discs at the rear, with four-channel three-mode ABS.
There are pre-tensioning three point safety belts, and the driver and front passenger have de-powered airbags.
At the same time there's a keyless entry remote control system, while the central locking incorporates a 30 second time delay within which time the doors will re-lock if they are not opened. The Carens employs an encrypt type immobiliser system, which makes use of an in-key transponder.
The Carens has a 3 year/100 000 km warranty and 3 year unlimited mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are at 15 000 km and can be serviced at any one of the 40 Kia dealerships countrywide. A 3 year / 60 000 km maintenance plan is also included as standard.
The Carens will retail at R 189 995.