Originally launched in New Zealand as a 7-seater, diesel-powered crossover, Kia has now introduced the Carens Wagon, with a 5-seat layout and a 2-litre petrol engine
The new Kia Carens also has competitive pricing - $4000 lower than the previous diesel 7-seat model.
Kia Motors says the move has been prompted by strong demand for traditional 5-seater wagons in the mid-size segment.
Kia Motors believes the new Carens Wagon is set to score with New Zealand buyers by providing the largest cargo carrying ability in its class - with the rear seats folded, the new Carens Wagon offers 2105 litres of space, thanks to its tall cabin.
The extra cargo space is matched to a 106kW 2-litre petrol engine and sequential shift automatic transmission.
“Station wagons have always been popular in New Zealand, but there has been a noticeable trend towards mid-size models, so we have tailored Carens to suit the requirements of people looking for a spacious yet still-compact wagon,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager, Kia Motors New Zealand.
“There is also a strong preference among buyers of mid-size station wagons for petrol power and the 2-litre engine/auto transmission package we have selected for the Carens Wagon has been well proven in the Magentis range.”
Kia says the 2-litre engine is economical and in the Carens Wagon it is rated to deliver 8.6L/100km average fuel consumption, assisted by the low rolling resistant Michelin tyres.
The Carens Wagon is equipped with features including ESP electronic stability programme with ABS anti-lock brakes, front, side and curtain airbags and active front seat head restraints. Plus, front and rear fog lamps, power/heated door mirrors, heated front seats, air conditioning, MP3 compatible sound system, remote locking with an anti-theft alarm, power windows with driver’s auto down, rear centre arm-rest, 60/40 split rear seats, retractable bag hook and a luggage net.
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