Kia has unveiled an all-new Carens compact MPV.
Under the direction of Peter Schreyer, former Audi design-meister who brought the world the seminal TT, the once-dowdy Carens now has a much sharper, more dynamic look – and gets the Kia corporate 'tiger' face already seen on the likes of the Optima and Rio. Growl.
Based on an all-new platform, the third generation Carens will hit UK showrooms in Spring 2013. Kia wants it to appeal to families 'with an active lifestyle who don't want to compromise between style and practicality'.
It also looks like Kia has shifted it upmarket to compete with the likes of the VW Touran – although the old Carens name is retained – and we think there's some styling cues from the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Mercedes B-Class and even the new Ford B-Max.
No prices have been revealed for Kia's small family carry-all, which will be available in both five and seven-seater form.
The latest Carens will share space on Kia's Paris show stand next week with the Sorento SUV and Optima hybrid.