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Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Kia PH to bring in all-new Carens by May

The local MPV market will have another all-new entrant as Kia's distributor in the Philippines, Columbian Autocar Corporation, has confirmed with that it will launch the all-new Carens in May.

The news was revealed by CAC marketing manager Boying Soriano at a recent media ride-and-drive hosted by the company in Batanes earlier this week. Pressed to provide more details about the Carens, Soriano shared that the Carens that CAC will initially offer will be a diesel-powered variant.

We double-checked the all-new Carens variants that have been launched in other markets, and we discovered that there are two different 1.7-liter U2 diesel engines being offered with the MPV: a high-power one that produces 134hp and 330Nm of torque, and a low-power mill that puts out 113hp and 260Nm of torque.

According to Kia, every all-new Carens "will be fitted with a six-speed transmission and every model will offer drivers a choice of manual or multi-mode automatic gearboxes."

The only thing we need to know now is if the all-new Carens will be offered as a five- or seven-seater model.

As for the updated Optima, Soriano could only say that it's due to arrive in September this year.

We figured it's a good idea to buy the all-new Carens as it is apparently the last mass-market model to be built using Peter Schreyer's design philosophy, following his promotion as Kia president in January 2013.

Patrick Everett Tadeo
Writer's resident writer lives and breathes the news. He might have burned a few bridges along the way just to give you the most relevant--and important--ones.
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