Kia Carens Facelift Takes Shape Ahead of 2025 Launch

A prototype of the refreshed Kia Carens has been spotted testing in India, indicating that its launch is drawing near. Despite the heavy camouflage, some noticeable changes have been observed, particularly at the rear.

Exterior and Interior Design

Rear-End Updates

The latest spy shots reveal significant updates to the rear end of the upcoming Kia Carens facelift. The tail-lamps, left uncovered, showcase a new design, featuring an updated LED pattern previously seen in a test mule in South Korea.

Anticipated Design Changes

While the prototype is heavily camouflaged, additional changes are anticipated. These include new front and rear bumpers, redesigned alloy wheels, a refreshed front grille, and updated headlights. It remains to be seen if Kia will introduce dynamic changes to the Carens’ interior to align it with newer models like the Sonet and Seltos. The facelift is also expected to include new features and possibly segment-first ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) safety technology.

Powertrain Options

Engine and Transmission

The facelifted Carens is expected to retain its existing powertrain options. These include a 115hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 160hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, and a 116hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine. The transmission choices will likely remain the same: a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed iMT, a 6-speed torque converter automatic, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Launch, Expected Price, and Rivals

Pricing and Market Position

Currently priced between Rs 10.52 lakh and Rs 19.67 lakh (ex-showroom), the facelifted Kia Carens is expected to see a slight price increase due to the updates. The launch is anticipated to take place next year. The Carens will continue to compete with the Maruti Suzuki XL6 and Mahindra Marazzo, while also challenging the Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Rumion, and Toyota Innova Crysta.

Kia Carens EV in the Pipeline

Upcoming Electric Variant

In addition to the facelift, a Carens-based electric vehicle (codenamed KY-EV) is in development and expected to launch in the second half of 2025. This EV variant will likely feature a battery and motor similar to those in the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV.

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