Kia has taken the wraps off the 2013 Carens (aka Rondo).
Looking significantly improved, the model features a stylish exterior with a prominent grille, LED-infused headlights and a sloping roofline. Despite being slightly smaller than its predecessor, the car has a longer wheelbase which results in a spacious cabin.
Speaking of the interior, it has an improved design with higher quality materials. Notable options include a "supervision" instrument cluster, a premium audio system and seating for up to seven. Other extras include leather upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof and heated / ventilated front seats.
In Europe, three different engines will be available. The 1.6-liter GDI develops 135 HP (99 kW) and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque, while the 2.0-liter unit produces 177 HP (130 kW) and 211 Nm (156 lb-ft) of torque. On the diesel side, there's a 1.7-liter unit which has outputs of 115 PS (85 kW) and 260 Nm (156 lb-ft) of torque as well as 136 HP (100 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.
Regardless of which engine is selected, a six-speed manual transmission is standard. However, the high-performance petrol and diesel engines can be ordered with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.