Details of the new MPV are currently limited, but Autocar understands the new Carens will replace both the current model and the larger Sedona, which went out of production last year.
It is again set to be offered with both five- and seven-seat options, but the UK is only likely to take the latter.
The model is understood to be based on the new Cee'd platform and is likely to share its engine range with that model as a result. Its new design is most striking, the Carens being the only 'old' Kia still on sale from before Peter Schreyer's design revolution.
“This marks a dramatic shift forward for our MPV contender and brings the model in line with Kia’s distinctive current design direction, said Hyoung-Keun Lee, Kia CEO.