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2017 Carens to bring 109g/km eco version

The Kia Carens seven-seater MPV is to receive a host of updates for 2017, including updated design, new technology and the launch of a 109g/km Eco Pack model.

Kia Carens

The new Eco Pack for the 114bhp 1.7-litre diesel Carens brings emissions down as low as 109g/km with six-speed manual transmission

On sale from late 2016, the revised model brings a number of exterior design changes to bring it in line with the rest of the range, including revised front and rear bumpers and fog lamp design, and an updated ‘tiger-nose’ grille, plus a new exterior paint finish and increased alloy choices.

Inside, the Carens gains upgraded materials for the upholstery, new metallic and gloss-black features and a new carbon-effect dashboard trim.

No new engines have been announced but thanks to the launch of a new Eco Pack for the 114bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine, CO2 emissions fall from 117g/km to 109g/km for the six-speed manual version. This has been engineered through Idle Stop/Go (ISG) technology, Michelin low rolling resistance tyres, and a series of revised gear ratios.

Other changes see the addition of new safety and infotainment features, including Kia’s 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface), with navigation, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom and rear-view parking camera, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Selected models will also offer a new JBL Premium Sound system, with subwoofer, external amplifier and six speakers.

The upgraded Kia Carens will go on sale later this year, with full UK specification and pricing released at launch.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.