Kia has given its Carens minivan a series of small tweaks just in time for the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Sharing the spotlight in Paris with the all-new Rio and turbocharged Soul, the lightly revised Carens MPV features slightly reworked bumpers and a new look for the fog lights. The corporate “tiger nose” grille has also received a nip and tuck, while at the back Kia’s designers have given the taillights new graphics. The mid-cycle refresh is also bringing a fresh “Mysterious Blue” body paint along with three alloy wheel designs in 16-, 17-, and 18-inch sizes.
The most important change inside the black or beige cabin is represented by the adoption of an updated infotainment system available with either a seven- or eight-inch infotainment system. Regardless of the one you go for, there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration to fulfill all of your connectivity needs.
Should you want all of the available bells and whistles, Kia will be more than happy to throw in a rearview camera, satellite navigation, and a JBL six-speaker sound system featuring an amplifier and a subwoofer for extra bass. Rounding off the cabin changes are the metallic and glossy black accents, a carbon-effect look for the dashboard, and new seat upholsteries with a knit cloth pattern or a more expensive leather finish with a diamond-woven pattern.
Kia will sell the Euro-spec Carens facelift with the same naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine pushing out 136 horsepower (101 kilowatts) as it does in the cee’d range. A more economical choice is going to be the company’s familiar 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel available with either 115 hp (86 kW) or 136 hp (101 kW). If efficiency is top priority, the weaker diesel will be available with an optional Eco Pack bringing Michelin low rolling-resistance tires, stop-start system, and different gearing to further slash fuel consumption and consequently reduce CO2 emissions to a low 109 g/km with the six-speed manual transmission.
The mildly updated Carens will go on sale across Europe towards the end of the year.