2013 Kia Carens Teaser

Kia is pretty smart. During these dog days of summer when the news is about as exciting as watching your grass turn brown, the Korean automaker has been tossing out information about upcoming models in fairly rapid succession. First there was the Quoris announcement, then the next-gen Forte, and now these teaser images of the Carens crossover.

Kia says it will be officially introducing the Carens on September 27 at the Paris Motor Show. Based on Hyundai and Kia's C-segment platform, the Carens will resemble the unloved Kia Rondo in function, if not form, with seating for either five or seven.

We like what we see from these trippy renderings, even if the Carens does look more like a Ford than anything currently sitting on a Kia dealer's lot. The big question, however, is whether Kia is willing to take another shot at selling a tall wagon style crossover in the U.S., given the cool reception afforded the Rondo during its short time here.