KOREAN car maker Kia has released the first official photographs of its new mid-range MPV, the Carens.
Although the model will not be on sale for several months, Kia says it expects most buyers of the new car will opt for diesel engines. The company also expects seven seat versions to be highly popular.
The new Carens was shown for the first time at this month's Madrid motor show.
It is longer, wider and taller than the current car and also has an extended wheelbase. However, despite its increased bulk the new Carnes is said to be more aerodynamic with its drag coefficient down from 0.35 to 0.32.
The extra length means that a seven-seat Carens will become available for the first time and will sell alongside the five-seat model which existing owners are already used to.
Kia predicts that demand will be equally split for each type.
The two engines are both two-litre units and have similar power outputs with the CRDi turbodiesel producing 138bhp and boasting a particulate filter to block unwanted carbon deposits from being pumped into the atmosphere.
The petrol unit features continuously variable valve timing and a power output of 142bhp.
The diesel models will be available with a six-speed transmission while those with petrol engines make do with five speed boxes. A four-speed automatic is an option for both models.
To accommodate two adults of up to virtually six feet tall in the third row of seats, the fuel tank and suspension mountings have been specially redesigned to create more cabin space.
In terms of luggage space there is 400 litres with five seats in place, rising to 2,100 litres with the middle row folded flat.
Prices and exact performance details have still to be announced.