Anantapur: Kia India has announced that the new Carens 3-row MPV has received over 50,000 bookings in less 2 months. The carmaker had opened the bookings for the MPV on January 14, 2022. The new Kia Carens was launched on February 15, 2022. It is available in 5 trim levels – Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus.
The Kia Carens petrol version is priced between Rs 8.99 lakh and Rs 16.99 lakh, while the diesel model is tagged at Rs 10.99 lakh for base variant and Rs 16.99 lakh for the top-end variant. Despite the global semiconductor shortage, Kia managed to sell 5,300 units in the month of February, within just 13 days of its launch. Of these 50,000 bookings, almost 60 per cent of the bookings were from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities.
Kia Carens is offered in 5 variants – Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus. Of these, the top variants, Luxury and Luxury Plus accounted for around 45 per cent of the total bookings. Almost 50 per cent of the customers preferred the 1.5-litre CRDi VGT diesel motor that makes 113 bhp and 250 Nm over the petrol motors, and 30 per cent of the bookings were for the automatic variants of the vehicle.
Accompanying the diesel, the MPV is offered with 2 petrol engines, entry-level Smartstream 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 113 bhp and 144 Nm, and the more powerful 1.4-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine that develops 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque. The MPV is equipped with 6-speed manual gearbox across the whole range, while the 7-speed DCT automatic and 6-speed torque converter automatic are available as an option in select variants
The MPV comes equipped with premium features like LED headlights & tail lamps, LED daytime running lamps, premium chrome accents, 16-inch alloy wheels, 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.5- inch digital instrument cluster, Kia Connect, 8-speaker Bose sound system, and many more.
Upon reaching this milestone, Myung-Sik Sohn, Chief Sales Officer, Kia India said, “This response for the Carens has created a never before excitement in family mover segment and it matches the excitement that our other SUVs have generated, and it is very encouraging. The Indian automotive industry is going through a tough phase as we face an acute shortage of semiconductors, hampering our production and hence the supply to the market. However, we hope that the shortage of chips will start improving from Q2 onwards. To curb the long delivery period on our cars, we have started the third shift at our Anantapur manufacturing facility from March 2022. We are proud that our customers’ trust remains undeterred in these challenging times, helping us carve a niche in the Indian automotive market. We assure our patrons that we are working around the clock with our suppliers and partners to reduce the waiting period for the Carens and other models.”