Essentially replacing what was known as the Rondo in the United States, the Carens features signature Kia styling while offering seating up to seven. Unfortunately most of the details on the multi-purpose vehicle will be kept under wraps until the auto show in France, but the automaker did say that it will be on sale in Europe starting next spring.
Kia did not, however, release any information on what other markets it will make an appearance in. Originally sold throughout North America, it was dropped from the brand’s US lineup while sales continued North of the border in Canada. We expect more information to come when it officially premieres are the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
“The new Carens builds on the family-friendly versatility and functionality of its predecessor, and features more athletic and visually dynamic design,” says Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO of Kia. “This marks a dramatic shift forward for our MPV contender and brings the model in line with Kia’s distinctive current design direction.”