The new 2013 Kia Carens will go on sale in Ireland this coming May. Powered by the economical 1.7D engine that powers it’s Sportage stable mate the Carens comes in a choice of three trim levels (TX,EX and Platinum) with a starting price of just €26,490. Prices for other models will be announced closer to the launch date.
Standard equipment for the entry level Irish TX model includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front and rear electric windows, luggage cargo screen, steering mounted audio controls, and voice activated Bluetooth.
The EX model adds auto light controls, LED rear lights, rear privacy glass, folding mirrors with puddle lamps, seat back tables, dual zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors and rear view camera whilst the top of the range Platinum model adds luxury features such as a leather upholstery with heated front seats, 10 way power driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, HID types lights, front parking sensors and a supervision instrument cluster.
Safety as usual is a high priority with Kia and all models come with 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Emergency Stop Signal. The all-new bodyshell created for the new Carens incorporates Kia’s latest CAD techniques and structural lessons from recent Kia models. Manufactured with a high percentage of high-strength steel, the new bodyshell will contribute to new Carens earning an anticipated 5-Star rating in Euro NCAP crash safety tests.
The new Carens is shorter, narrower and lower than the previous-generation model (by 20 mm, 15 mm and 40 mm, respectively). However, cabin space is generous thanks to the new model’s increased wheelbase (up by 50 mm) and cab-forward design which places the base of the A-pillar above the front-wheel centre line. Its overall height is one of the lowest in class – giving the model a more sporty appearance.