|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door wagon|
In 2006, Kia presented a second generation Carens for model year 2007. The Carens/Rondo followed Kia's introduction at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show of the Multi-S, essentially the Carens/Rondo in concept form — the S standing for Sporty, Spacious and Smart. The Multi-S differed significantly from the production model only its inclusion of a dual-panel sunroof running the length of the roof.
The origin of the name Carens is unclear, but no investigations of any negative connotations would seem to have taken place before launch, as it means lacking or being without in Latin. Carens is the present participle of the verb careo, the principle parts of which are: careo: carere: carui: caritum. The second principle part in Latin is the infinitive (carere), the present stem is obtained by removing -re from the infinitive (care-) and the present participle of a second conjugation verb is formed by adding -ns to the present stem.
First generation (RS; 1999–2006)
|First generation (RS)|
|Also called||Kia Carens II (South Korea/Indonesia, facelift)
Kia Euro Carens (Taiwan, facelift)
Kia X-Trek (Diesel model in South Korea, facelift)
Naza Citra (Malaysia, facelift)
|Assembly||Hwasung Plant, Hwasung, South Korea
Cikarang Plant, Indonesia (closed) 2004-2007 (facelift)
Chu Lai Plant, Quang Nam, Vietnam (facelift)
|Engine||1.8 L FP
2.0 L FS-DE
|Wheelbase||2,570 mm (101 in)|
|Length||1999–2002: 4,450 mm (175 in)
2002–2006: 4,490 mm (177 in)
|Width||1999–2002: 1,730 mm (68 in)
2002–2006: 1,750 mm (69 in)
|Height||1999–2002: 1,600 mm (63 in)
2002–2006: 1,610 mm (63 in)
1,685 mm (66.3 in) (X-Trek)
Kia debuted the first generation model of Carens, the RS series in 1999. A facelift was issued in 2002.
The model was discontinued in Australia in 2001, with production continuing elsewhere for a new model which was launched in 2002.
Second generation (UN; 2006–2013)
|Second generation (UN)|
|Also called||Kia Euro Carens (Taiwan)
Kia New Face Carens (South Korea)
Kia Rondo (North America)
Kia Rondo7 (Australia)
Naza Citra 2 Rondo (Malaysia)
|Assembly||South Korea: Gwangju Plant, Gwangju
Vietnam: Chu Lai Plant, Quang Nam
|Engine||2.0 L G4KA I4
2.0 L D4EA CRDi I4
2.4 L G4KC I4
2.7 L G6EA V6
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (110 in)|
|Length||4,545 mm (178.9 in)|
|Width||2006–2010: 1,820 mm (72 in)
2010–2012: 1,821 mm (71.7 in)
|Height||1,650 mm (65 in)
1,720 mm (68 in)
The second generation Carens, known as the UN series launched in 2006. In North America and Australia, the car is called the Rondo and Rondo7 respectively. The Rondo made its debut at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Rondo began sales in early 2007 as a 2007 model year vehicle in the United States, while in Canada it went on sale in December 2006. In Australia, sales commenced April 2008. In the United States, Kia sold more than 20,000 units in each of the first two model years exceeding internal sales goals. Sales rapidly declined in the 2009 model year and never recovered.
- North America
Available as a 5- or optional 7-passenger vehicle with either a standard 175 hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine or an optional 192 hp 2.7L V6 engine in two trim levels. In Australia, it is only available as a 7-passenger vehicle with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and a choice of an automatic or manual transmission, depending on trim level.
Standard features depending on market include: 16-inch alloy wheels, AM/FM/CD player/Sirius Satellite Radio/MP3 Capability, iPod auxiliary jack, Air Conditioning, Power Windows and Door Locks, Front/Side/Full length Side Curtain airbags, 4-wheel Disc Brakes, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, LATCH, Child safety door locks, Tilt steering column, Front and Rear 12-volt outlets, Front and Rear Cupholders.
Options include: moonroof, leather interior, heated front seats, cruise control, keyless entry, Infinity 10-speaker stereo.
As of August 2010, Kia discontinued the Rondo in the United States, however the model year 2011 Carens/Rondo facelift (adopting Kia's new grille) continued to be sold in Canada.
Third generation (RP; 2013–present)
|Third generation (RP)|
|Also called||Kia Rondo|
|Assembly||South Korea: Gwangju Plant, Gwangju
Taiwan: SYM Motors
Kia debuted the third generation model of Carens, the RP series in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. Sales began in March 2013 in South Korea.
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