All-new Kia Carens delivers style, space and practicality

Thursday, 27 September 2012

  • Lower, sleeker compact MPV with choice of five or seven seats
  • Longer wheelbase delivers impressive interior space and versatility
  • Major advances in active safety and a stronger bodyshell

Kia's all-new third-generation Carens compact MPV makes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. With a longer wheelbase within more compact overall dimensions, major advances in active safety, sleeker aerodynamics and a choice of four engines promising improved fuel economy, it is set to offer families greater comfort, refinement and protection with lower running costs.

The new Carens exhibits all the packaging skills of the Kia Design and Engineering teams to create more space in a car with a smaller footprint. It is 20 mm shorter, 15 mm narrower and 40 mm lower than the previous model, but a 50 mm longer wheelbase allied to a more cab-forward design which means the base of the A-pillar is now directly above the front-wheel centre line ensures greater space for all occupants. The overall height of 1610 mm is one of the lowest in class and identical to that of the Kia Soul.

Up to seven seats with great versatility 

The new Carens will be available with either five or seven seats, both delivering generous room for all occupants.

To ensure maximum versatility, the front passenger seat backrest can fold forwards, the second row features three identically sized individual sliding and folding seats and the third row seats (where fitted) are split 50/50 and fold flat into the boot floor when not required.

Air conditioning or automatic climate control will be standard, depending on model, and there are rear air vents and optional side window blinds to help keep the cabin cool and comfortable.  A special wide-angle mirror in the overhead console allows parents to safely monitor children travelling in the two rear rows while on the move.

There are storage compartments conveniently located throughout the cabin, with under-seat drawers, under-floor storage boxes, a deep centre console cubby hole and large door pockets.

The new Carens will be available with optional heated front and second row seats, while top-specification models will also offer ventilated front seats with powered cushion extensions and powered lumbar support.  Buyers can also choose a heated steering wheel and a supervision instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen that displays high-definition graphics.

A leap forward in active safety

Kia's impressive record for high levels of active and passive safety technology takes another major leap forward with the features being offered in the new Carens  Safety begins with the robust new bodyshell, engineered using the latest computer-aided design (CAD) techniques plus structural lessons learned during the development of other recent new Kias.  With a high percentage of high-strength steel that ensures rigidity with the lowest possible weight, the new Carens is expected to earn a five-star rating Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

Innovative active safety features include Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and a Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS). LDWS uses a forward-facing video camera to monitor the car's position in relation to lane markings and triggers a warning in case of unintended lane changes at speeds above 37 mph.  PPAS automatically measures parking gaps and then, if they are large enough, steers the car into them control using ultrasonic sensors and an on-board computer while the driver remains in control of the accelerator and brake.

There is also an optional rear-view safety camera, while night-time visibility can be enhanced with HID Xenon headlamps. 

The contemporary styling of new Carens is highlighted by standard LED daylight running lights and optional LED rear combination lamps.

Economical, efficient and enjoyable to drive

The four-engine line-up includes two turbodiesels and two petrol units offering a broader power spread than with the previous model - ranging from 113 to 174 bhp, with competitive fuel economy of CO2 emissions starting from only 118 g/km to 167 g/km for manual models..

There are two versions of Kia's acclaimed 1.7-litre U2 diesel engine generating 113 bhp with maximum torque of 260 Nm maximum torque, or 134 bhp and 330 Nm of torque.  Modifications have resulted in lower CO2 emissions for both - down to as little as 118 g/km, a 19 per cent improvement over the previous Carens, with Kia's ISG intelligent stop/start system.

Both petrol engines are 1.6-litre direct-injection units ensuring strong performance, even with a full complement of passengers or luggage, with the minimum of fuel consumption.  The 1.6-litre Gamma GDI engine, introduced in the Kia Sportage and subsequently fitted to new cee'd, generates 133 bhp, while the 2.0-litre Nu unit delivers 174 bhp and 211 Nm of torque. 

Six-speed gearboxes are standard across the range; even on models equipped with automatic transmission.  Low ratios for first first-and second gear ensure sprightly acceleration in stop-start town traffic while a high top (sixth) ratio ensures relaxed, refined, economical cruising at highway speeds.

The compact six-speed automatic available with the higher-powered diesel and petrol engines was engineered and is manufactured in-house by Kia.  It has a manual sport mode with optional paddle-shifters on the steering wheel. 

The chassis of the new Carens delivers responsive handling, excellent straight-line stability, and exceptional ride quality and refinement.

Kia's MDPS electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering features a combined torque/angle sensor to protect against side wind gusts.  The steering wheel is adjustable for both height and reach.  Kia's new FlexSteerTM system, offering three levels of weight and assistance to match customer preference - Normal, Sport and Comfort - is standard.

The MacPherson strut front suspension is subframe-mounted to isolate road shocks, while at the rear a coupled torsion beam axle engineered with a strong connection between the trailing-arms and the stub-axles assists crisp, precise cornering while ensuring a comfortable, compliant ride.

An all-disc braking system -ventilated at the front and solid at the rear - is standard.  The performance of the braking system is supported by ABS anti-lock, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and emergency Brake Assist.

Steel or alloy wheels of 16, 17 or 18 inches in diameter are fitted, depending on model.

Multiple choice of high-tech features

The new Carens will offer buyers a wide range of innovative and high-tech comfort and convenience features. Cruise control with a speed limiter will be standard on all models.  Optional features will include an electric parking brake, smart key with engine start/stop button, a six-speaker audio system with optional amplifier and sub-woofer, puddle lights in the exterior front door handles and a large powered panoramic glass sunroof.

Benny Oeyen, Vice-President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe, says: "The all-new Carens takes Kia back into one of the most important and competitive sectors of the European market with a strong contender for class-honours. Very stylish and sporty looking, new Carens has a spacious and versatile interior with five or seven seats and large storage compartments throughout the cabin.  This model will have great appeal to families with an active lifestyle who don‘t want to compromise between style and practicality.  New Carens is a key step in Kia's strategy to become a top 10 car manufacturer in Europe.

"With its low CO2 emissions, competitive pricing and total cost of ownership, unique Kia seven-year warranty, higher residual values and added appeal to fleet customers, we expect new Carens to bring a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms across Europe."

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE

Body and chassis

Five-door, five- or seven-seater MPV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Choice of transversely mounted diesel and gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on model and market).

Diesel engines

               
                 

1.7-litre 115 ps

               

Type / capacity

U2, TCI, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1685 cc 

   

Power / torque

115 ps (84.6 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm @1500-2750 rpm 

   

Bore x stroke (mm)

77.2 x 90.0

             

Compression ratio 

17

             
                 

1.7-litre 136 ps

               

Type / capacity

U2, TCI, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1685 cc 

   

Power / torque

136 ps (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 330 Nm @ 1900-2750 rpm 

   

Bore x stroke (mm)

77.2 x 90.0

             

Compression ratio

17.3

             
                 

Gasoline engines

               
                 

1.6-litre 135 ps

               

Type / capacity

Gamma, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1591 cc 

   

Power / torque

135 ps (99.0 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 165 Nm @ 4850 rpm 

   

Bore x stroke (mm)

77.0 x 85.4 

           

Compression ratio

11

             
                 

2.0-litre 177 ps

               

Type / capacity

Nu, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1999cc 

     

Power / torque

177 ps (130 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 211 Nm @ 4850 rpm 

   

Bore x stroke (mm)

81.0 x 97.0  

           

Compression ratio

11.5

             
                 
                 

Transmissions

               
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) 

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177)

 

Manual 

6-sp 

 

6-sp

 

6-sp 

 

6-sp 

 

Automatic 

----- 

 

6-sp 

 

----- 

 

6-sp 

 
                 

Suspension and damping

             

Front

Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear

Coupled torsion beam axle, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Steering

               

Type 

MDPS motor-driven electric power steering, with Flex SteerTM

 

Wheel turns

2.7 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 11.0 metres 

     
                 

Brakes

               

Front 

Ventilated discs, 300 x 28 mm  

       

Rear 

Solid discs,  284 x 10 mm   

         

Booster size 

11-inch 

             

100-to-0 kph 

40.8 metres 

           
                 

Wheels and tyres

               

Standard

16 x 6.5 inch steel  

205 / 55 R16 

       

Optional 

16 x 6.5 inch alloy* 

205 / 55 R16 

       
 

17 x 7.0 inch alloy 

225 / 45 R17 

       
 

18 x 7.5 inch alloy** 

 

225 / 45 R18 

       

Spare 

Temporary mobility kit 

         

*standard on top models, **top models only 

           
                 

Dimensions (mm)

               

Exterior 

               

Overall length

 

4525

           

Overall width

 

1805  (excluding door mirrors) 

     

Overall height

 

1610  (excluding roof rails) 

       

Wheelbase 

 

2750

           

Front track 

 

1563-1573 (depending on wheel/tyre combination) 

 

Rear track 

 

1576-1586 (depending on wheel/tyre combination) 

 

Front overhang

940

             

Rear overhang

835

             

Ground clearance 

151

             

Aerodynamic Cd 

0.3

             
                 

Interior 

Front 

2nd row 

3rd row  

         

Head room

1028

991

861

         

Leg room 

1034

970

707

         

Shoulder room

---*  

---*  

---* 

         

Hip room 

---*  

---*  

---*  

         
                 

Capacities (litres)

               

Fuel tank

58

             

Luggage 

103

behind 3rd row seats, to window 

     
 

492

behind 2rd row seats, to window 

     
 

1667

behind front row seats, to roof  

     
                 

Weights (5-seater)

               
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) MT / AT

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177) MT / AT

Kerb weight (kg) 

1482

 

149 /1512

 

1383

 

1420/1445

Maximum (kg) 

2110

 

2110/ 2130 

2000

 

2040/2060

                 

Weights (7-seater)

               
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) MT / AT

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177) MT / AT

Kerb weight (kg) 

1506

 

1516 / 1525 

1408

 

1444/1469 

Maximum (kg) 

2240

 

2250 / 2270 

2140

 

2180/2200 

                 
                 

Performance 

               
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) MT / AT

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177) MT / AT

Top speed (kph) 

181

 

191 / 186

185

 

203 / 200  

0-to-100 kph (sec) 

13

 

10.4 / 12.0

11.3

 

9.7 / 10.8

                 
                 

Standard models 

               

Fuel Consumption and Emissions 

           
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) MT / AT

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177) MT / AT

Litres / 100 km

---*

 

---* / ---*

 

---*

 

---* / ---*

 

CO2 (g/km) 

124

 

126 / ---* 

154

 

167 / ---*

 
                 

ISG models 

               

Fuel Consumption and Emissions 

           
 

Diesel

     

Gasoline 

   
 

1.7 (115) 

 

1.7 (136) MT / AT

1.6 (135) 

2.0 (177) MT / AT

Litres / 100 km 

---* 

 

---*

 

---* 

 

---*

 

CO2 (g/km) 

118

 

120 / ---* 

145

 

159 / ---* 

 

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