The Kia Carens was one of the highlights of the Kia stand at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show as the compact MPV was domestically launched at the event, unveiled alongside the Kia Cub Concept that we covered earlier. The Carens is built as both a 5-seater and a 7-seater, and it may look compact but it actually has a pretty long 2,750 mm wheelbase, making it a C-segment MPV.

Four engines are specified for the European market, two diesel and two petrol units. The oil burner is a 1.7L lump, with two tunes, 115 PS and 260 Nm in the lower tune, and 136 PS and 330 Nm in the higher tune. The petrol engines use gasoline direct injection, producing 135 PS and 165 Nm from a 1.6 litre GDI as seen in the Sportage and also on new cee’d, and a 2.0 litre mill with 177 PS and 211 Nm.

These engine choices will vary with different markets, for example don’t expect any of the normally aspirated GDI engines to make their way here – they will probably be replaced with MPI units instead due to fuel quality issues. If we’re lucky, the 1.7L diesel might appear though.

Kia Malaysia has the Malaysian introduction of the Kia Carens in the pipeline, but it will probably only come sometime later in the year or even next year, as the car next in line to be launched after the Rio is the Kia Forte K3. We have already spotted a heavily disguised unit at a port though! The previous generation Carens was launched in Malaysia with a pretty long name – the Naza Citra II Rondo. We expect the new Carens to be launched as a Kia, not a Naza.