Remember when Kia announced the Carens will be making a comeback? Set to make its world debut in India on December 16, the MPV will supposedly return as a 7-seater crossover.
At the time the news was first released, Kia only showed a shadowy teaser image of the upcoming Carens. With that, it was hard to see how the all-new model will actually look like. Thankfully, Kia has released the design sketches of the 2022 Carens and it looks like our hunch was right.
Instead of returning as an MPV, the Carens will be returning as a sleek crossover. It features a bold exterior design courtesy of the brand's new design philosophy called “Opposites United”. It will come with sharp LED daytime running lights, along with what appear to be bumper-mounted LED headlights. Also present is a sporty front bumper that's complemented by what looks to be a large air intake – giving the crossover an unmistakable look.
Aside from those, the Carens gets a pair of distinct taillights, an aggressive rear bumper, a floating roofline, and a clear beltline that runs the entire length of the vehicle. Rounding up the exterior features are stylish alloy wheels and black body cladding.
Kia also gave us a quick peek at the Carens' more high-tech cabin. Based on the teaser sketch, it looks like it will have a huge panel stretching across the dashboard. Kia even mentioned that it will have a 10.25-inch touchscreen at the center of the dash. Kia has yet to confirm if the Carens will have three rows of seats, however.
Powertrain details remain a mystery for the 2022 Carens. But since it will apparently be based on the Hyundai Alcazar, it's rumored to come with two engine options. First is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 159 PS with 191 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the other engine will reportedly be a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel that puts out 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque.
Excited for its reveal? Kia will officially take the covers off next week on December 16, 2021.