- Kia India may be developing an all-electric version of the Carens MPV.
- The electric Carens could have a range of 400-500 kilometers and cost between Rs 25-30 lakh.
Kia India, the Indian subsidiary of South Korean automaker Kia, is one of the country’s most popular car manufacturers, and its premium MPV, the Carens, is also well-liked. Currently, the model is only available in ICE form in India; however, a test mule was recently spotted in South Korea, implying that the company is working on an all-electric version of this MPV. The spy shots of this particular mule show the car’s side profile and reveal a few key details about it.
According to recent images of this particular test mule, the vehicle is heavily camouflaged, concealing a plethora of intricate details. Nonetheless, we can tell it’s an MPV and it’s very similar to the Carens available in India. The placement of the pillars, the beltline, the wheel arches, and the slightly sloping roofline are all notable similarities between the Carens ICE version and this test mule.
Furthermore, the core silhouettes of the front and rear sections on the test mule appear to be identical to those of the ICE Carens. Minor details are difficult to discern in these areas due to the dense camouflage. Another notable feature is the test mule’s extremely distinct set of alloy wheels, which are covered. These wheels are commonly used on EVs to reduce drag.
We don’t have any other images of this test mule yet, so we don’t know how it might look from the front or back. However, because it lacks a conventional motor, it will most likely have the signature closed-off front end with smooth body lines and no air channels or grille. The vehicle’s rear end will almost certainly be smoothed out to reduce drag and emphasise the EV styling.
There are no pictures of the interior of the car either. However, we believe it will be equipped with a futuristic-looking dashboard, possibly inspired by the recently unveiled Kia EV9 all-electric SUV. Kia displayed the EV9 SUV at the 2023 Auto Expo. The interior of the EV9 and this test mule could be similar, and if so, it will be a comfortable place to be. It could have a twin-screen infotainment system and a flat-bottom steering wheel with no spokes, similar to the concept SUV.
As previously stated, no other important information about the mule’s drivetrain or range has been leaked. However, it is estimated that it will have a range of 400-500 kilometres. According to reports, this new model will have a 99.8 kWh battery pack and will have a peak torque of 350 Nm and a maximum power of 201 hp. Furthermore, like the Kia EV9’s other AWD variant, it could be equipped with a 380 horsepower and 600 Nm drivetrain. The Kia Carens electric could cost between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh.