Originally Posted by Motor AuthorityKia has several major model launches in store for next year including redesigned versions of its popular Forte compact, refreshed Kia Sorento, a new flagship sedan based on the K9/Quoris model sold overseas, and a new Rondo MPV.
Though we've already seen official images of the first two models, today we get our first official look at the new Rondo by way of teaser images for its European cousin, the Carens, which will be making its official world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September before going on sale early next year.
The Kia Ronda hasn’t been on sale in the U.S. since it was dropped at the end of the 2010 model year but a much sleeker and more dynamic version looks set to return, as confirmed by previous spy shots and now these latest teaser images.
Like most of Kia’s new range, the Carens, and the new Rondo it will eventually spawn, has been designed under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer. It features a sporty cab-forward design with a low roofline and large wheels.
No other details have been released, though we suspect the platform underpinning the vehicle is based on the same front-wheel drive setup underpinning the Kia C’eed hatchback and upcoming 2014 Forte. Engine offerings for the European version should include a 1.7-liter turbodiesel unit rated at 115 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter turbo four with 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Stay tuned for more details following the reveal of the Kia Carens on the opening press day of the Paris Auto Show on September 27.