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 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.
Fans of wagon-like small minivans (yes, me and you other two), should keep your eyes peeled for Kia's new Rondo. There are apparently quite a few more on U.S. roads than there were last year. Three more actually. Which brings the total number ever sold in the U.S. to, uh, three.
That’s because the Carens will be coming to the U.S. as the “Rondo” in its newly
redesigned duds. Our foreign language sister site Autoblog Spanish has the scoop on the new seven-passenger CUV. The
Carens appears to be a Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe-type vehicle and compared to its last iteration, the new version is a
looker. Of course, this is a hot segment in the U.S. in which many attractive players compete, including the
aforementioned Pontiact/Toyota twins, the Mazda5, Chrys
Kia sells a
compact MPV in markets abroad by the name of Carens and its due for a
redesign. The Korean company has released a sketch of the reskin and announced that its world premier will be at the
Spanish Motor show on May 25. The new MPV follows the familiar trend of being longer, wider and taller than the vehicle
it replaces, which will suit our North American market just fine when it arrives under the moniker of
“Rondo” sometime in the near future.