More seasoned readers would recall the Kia Carens MPV (which was also rebadged to Naza Citra) that offered generous interior space for seven and performance from a large capacity engine. The model was then discontinued in the local line-up from the 2013-generation, as the product had European specifications.

After close to ten years of absence, the Kia Carens is set to return to developing markets, as Kia has developed the three-row vehicle based on the requirements of Indian consumers. Unlike the recently launched Kia Niro compact SUV as well as the Kia Sportage, the Kia Carens is set to adopt a more relaxed design expression.

Kia’s Tiger Face design at the front continues, with high mounted LED headlamps and signature DRLs together with highlighted grille interpreted under the pillar of ‘Bold for Nature’ from the ‘Opposites United’ brand design philosophy.

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The interior is designed to meet lifestyle needs and daily usage preference in India. The high-tech wraparound dashboard design represents a future-oriented image while giving an impression of a wide and luxurious cabin.

The chrome garnish applied to the doors enhances the overall premium feel. The 10.25-inch central infotainment display adds to a modern ambience.

“The Kia Carens perfectly embodies our latest design philosophy, ‘Opposites United’, and it successfully combines sportiness with a sophisticated personality and style with unique aesthetics,” said Kia, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Centre, Karim Habib

Habib emphasised that the all-new Kia Carens is a true reflection of what today’s customers want from their three-row vehicles.

The world premiere of the Kia Carens will be made broadcast live on Kia India’s YouTube channel, scheduled to commence from 2:30 P.M. on December 16.