2013 Kia Carens revealed
Kia will offer five- and seven-seat versions of the new Carens: there are no plans to rename the bigger-capacity version, unlike rivals such as the Renault Grand Scenic and Ford Grand C-Max.
The Carens is based on the latest Kia Ceed. It's likely to available in the UK with three engines, including two 1.7-litre diesels and a 1.6-litre petrol unit, all with stop-start. The full UK line-up will be confirmed early 2013.
Kia will also reveal full pricing and specification details for the new Carens closer to its March 2013 on-sale date, but the range is expected to be compact, with the emphasis on standard-fit - rather than optional - extras. Prices are expected to start at around £16,500, with top-of-the-range versions costing around £23,500.
2013 Kia Carens is based on the latest Kia Ceed and is expected to be available with 1.6-litre petrol and 1.7-litre diesel engines
Hyundai is expected to launch a closely related MPV - based on the i30 - at around the same time. It could be called ix30, but there are no details as yet.
Kia is also displaying the all-new Proceed at the Paris show.
New Carens will be available in five- and seven-seat versions
Kia's compact MPV is a rival for cars such as the Ford Grand C-Max and Renault Grand Scenic
Full specifications are yet to be confirmed; prices are likely to start at around £16,000
Interior is similar to latest Ceed's; similar options are likely to be offered
By Leo Wilkinson/Emma Butcher
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