First came Kia Motors New Zealand’s launch of the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models in March, and now the company reports strong interest in the all-electric Niro EV recently unveiled in Korea.
Photographs show a new cab-forward design with more room for passengers on the lengthened wheelbase. It also looks sportier than the vehicle it replaces, thanks to a lower roofline and larger (up to 18 inch) wheels that fill the arches.
Kia Motors says the new Carens embodies the theme “responsive space”, meaning more spacious functionality inside the vehicle. The vehicle’s “sporty looks will garner the sort of emotional appeal that is becoming a regular feature of Kia products.” The new model progresses the design concept of the previous seven-seat Carens, says Todd McDonald, general manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.
“It has the hallmarks of advanced design and fresh thinking we have come to expect from Kia and chief design officer Peter Schreyer.”
Details of the Carens are still to be released but it will be evaluated for the New Zealand market.