Talking about the booking figures of Kia Carens, 50% of its customers have opted for the diesel variant, while 30% of the customers have opted for the automatic variant. The company has received 60% bookings from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities, while 45% of customers have opted for the Luxury and Luxury Plus variants. The company has delivered 5,300 units in 13 days despite the chip shortage.
This MPV of the company has been brought in Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus, due to the reasonable price and attractive features, its Prestige and Prestige Plus variants are getting great response. The waiting period of its Prestige and Luxury Plus variants is said to be around 9 months and the waiting period of other variants is around 3 to 6 months.
Keeping in mind the chip problem, the company has assured the customers at the time of launch that the delivery will be done soon. For this, the company has also started production in its third shift at its Anantapur plant. It was getting a good response due to the information about the features revealed before the launch, but now after the disclosure of the price, the sales have become even better. It is also cheaper than the company’s 5-seater Seltos and is mostly similar in terms of features and engine options and gets updated features at times.
Also, the seating option is comfortable which is not seen in any budget 7-seater till now. Through this, the company has forayed into the 6/7 seater MPV segment, with the addition of captain seats for the second row in the 6-seater. It is worth noting that the 6-seater variant has been restricted to the top-spec Luxury Plus trim. Its third row seat gets ample space along with adjustable headrest and tilting facility.
This car has a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while its lower variant gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Its instrument cluster is completely digital and its steering wheel feels like a Seltos. This includes new generation Kia Connect with 66 connected car features, Bose sound system with 8 speakers, 64 color ambient lighting.
Along with this, smart air purifier, ventilated front seat, multi drive mode, sunroof, paddle shifter, wireless charger, cooling cup holder, cup holder, sliding type under seat tray have been given. In terms of safety, it has 6 airbags, ESC, VSM, HAC, DBC, ABS, BAS, all-wheel disc brake, highline tire pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensor.
It has a 1.5-litre petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Its 1.5-litre petrol engine will only come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. At the same time, the turbo petrol engine has been brought only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
The Kia Carens is getting a great response and the company has already received over 50,000 bookings in a short span of time. Now in such a situation, the responsibility of the company to deliver it as soon as possible also increases.