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Hey, remember the Rondo? The tall Kia hatchback never really caught on here in the United States, but in Europe – where all sorts of funky five-doors flourish – the Rondo (sorry, Carens) has enjoyed respectable success. At least, enough that Kia has completely redesigned its people-carrier for 2013, bringing it more in line with the stylish new design direction of the brand's entire lineup.

Kia says that the Carens rides on an all-new platform that features a cab-forward design and a longer wheelbase to accommodate both five- and seven-passenger seating configurations. Powertrain details haven't been disclosed, but since this MPV is a Europe-only affair, we expect a range of both gasoline and diesel engines to be on deck, mated to both manual and automatic transmissions. Surprise, surprise.

Have a look-see at the new Carens in the high-res gallery above and scroll down for the official press blast.
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- All-new third-generation Carens will attract a new group of consumers to Kia Showrooms

- World premiere for new pro_cee'd and European premier for 2.0-litre Optima Hybrid saloon and new Sorento SUV

Matching dynamic style with multi-functionality, Kia will reveal its all-new Carens compact MPV for the first time at the Paris Motor Show on 27 September before going on sale in the UK in Spring 2013.

Completely new from the ground up, the new Carens is designed and engineered to meet the needs of modern families. Built on an all-new platform, it delivers stylish, spacious practicality, with sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design, long wheelbase and up to seven seats.

"The new Carens builds on the family-friendly versatility and functionality of its predecessor, and features more athletic and visually dynamic design," says Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation. "This marks a dramatic shift forward for our MPV contender and brings the model in line with Kia's distinctive current design direction."

Appealing to families with an active lifestyle who don't want to compromise between style and practicality, Kia is confident that the all-new third-generation Carens will attract a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms around the world.

Alongside the new Carens on the Kia stand will be the all-new pro_cee'd, also making its world premiere. They are joined by two models making their European debuts in Paris – the new 2.0-litre Optima Hybrid saloon promising a unique blend of performance and economy, and the new Sorento SUV with an all-new 2.4-litre 192 ps GDI engine option.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, I wish MPVs were more popular in the U.S. Look at all that room! I don't know why they wouldn't bring it to the U.S., though. It outsold the Mazda5 by a considerable margin most months (not that that's saying much).
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another brand jumps on the high beltline/small windows bandwagon. The Rondo was great in part because of its tall glass area. Kia have essentially killed that feature with this model, which is a step back IMO.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I had the same reaction. I wonder--how much of the high-beltline look is dictated by side-impact standards, and how much of it is simply the current fashion?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would LOVE to see the new Carens sold here as the 2014 Kia Rondo, powered by a 2.4-liter "Theta II" engine rated at 175 bhp and six-speed automatic. Given the bloat of "minivans" nowadays, a totally-new Rondo based on the new Carens would be a surprising hot seller.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Apparently, it will have a 2.0 Liter GDI engine with 175 bhp mated to a six-speed autobox :-)
      Martin Leclerc
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'll probably be offered in Canada, since the old model is still available here. So if you really want one, a trip North of the border might be a good idea!
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford ,I mean Kia this looks familiar.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cool people
        You mean Ford with the grill lifted from Aston Martin? ...LOL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do all current hatchbacks look like an elephant sat on the back of them? Isn't the point of a hatchback to maximize rear cargo space?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would easily choose this over the Mercedes B-class. Such a mature & clean design.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cannot believe I am saying this about a Kia. PLEASE bring it to the US!
      Gary Zimmerman
      • 2 Years Ago
      My wife used to drive a Rondo. As ugly as it was, it was a remarkably convenient car. Plenty of storage space, fairly comfortable ride and decent gas mileage. Its one major drawback was its lack of legroom for me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This needs to find its way bact to the States. The first Rondo was plagued by a weird name (Rondo? Really??) and auto journalists who wrote it off because of their love affairs with CUV's. The 1st gen Rondo had some great interior packaging, the 3rd row was actually livable, hinged rear doors to avoid the "minivan" title (which can scare people away) and with the 2.7L it was quite peppy. People who actually own them, love them. This car looks like it has addressed most if not all of the old cars shortcomings. Make the 2.0L from the 2012+ Soul the standard engine and possibly the 1.6T from the Veloster Turbo the optional engine? I think the 274 HP engine from the Optima Turbo might be a bit much for it, given its non sporty aspirations.
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'm tracking the old Rondo for nearly a year. I did not buy it because i want to wait for the new Rondo. This new Rondo is definitely fit into my requirement. I HOPE they will bring it to Malaysia in year 2013. The design is brilliant. No joke KIA !!!
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