Kia Carens Teased Ahead of 2012 Paris Auto Show Premiere


  • Kia Carens Picture

    Kia Carens Picture

    The redesigned Kia Carens may preview a future Kia Rondo. | July 25, 2012

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2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Kia teased its redesigned Kia Carens ahead of the 2012 Paris Auto Show, igniting speculation that the dramatic makeover may herald the return of the Kia Rondo to the U.S. market.
  • The sleeker Carens MPV is yet another example of a design renaissance at Kia.
  • The tall five-passenger Kia Rondo was dropped in the U.S. after the 2010 model year.

SEOUL, South Korea — Kia teased its redesigned Kia Carens ahead of the 2012 Paris Auto Show, igniting speculation that the dramatic makeover may herald the return of the Kia Rondo to the U.S. market.

The Carens is expected to go on sale in Europe early next year.

The sleeker Carens MPV is yet another example of a significant design renaissance at Kia. Earlier this week, Kia took the wraps off a low-slung 2014 Kia Forte, demonstrating that it is intent on shedding a somewhat dowdy image.

The tall five-passenger Kia Rondo was dropped in the U.S. after the 2010 model year. "With a completely fresh, sleek, cab-forward design, lower roof line, longer wheelbase, larger wheels (up to 18-inch) and chrome beltline accent, the new Carens has been conceived around the theme 'responsive space,'" said Kia in a statement that accompanied images of the Carens.

No details were released on the engine range for the Carens.

Kia Motors America did not immediately respond to a query from Edmunds.com on Wednesday asking about plans for a future Kia Rondo in the U.S.

The world premiere of the Kia Carens is set for September 27.

The Kia lineup is undergoing a major shift, with such products as the 2013 Kia Quoris flagship on tap.

Edmunds.com says: This initial look at the Kia Carens seems to make the case for bringing the Kia Rondo back to the U.S.

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