Kia Motors has added a dash of X-Line flair to its Carens MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in India. This isn't Kia's first rodeo with the X-Line, but the third iteration, following the X-Line versions of the Seltos and Sonet. The latest variant, offered exclusively in a six-seater configuration, represents the top-spec trim of the Carens lineup.
The Carens X-Line boasts an XClusive Matte Graphite hue, with a front grille in piano black, crowned with a chrome radiator grille garnish. Silver-painted front callipers add a touch of sophistication, while the tailgate wears the 'X-Line' badge. The 16-inch dual-tone crystal cut alloy wheels steal the show but, accentuated by a glossy black outline.
On the inside, you're greeted by a dual-tone colour scheme, blending Sage Green and Black and the orange stitching adds an "up-market" touch. Kia has also tried to pamper passengers in the back, offering a rear-seat entertainment unit that opens doors to podcasts, screen mirroring, and a plethora of entertainment and news apps that, as per the brand, you can control from your smartphone.
The Carens X-Line offers you two engine choices to suit your driving preferences. First up, the 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine with 158 bhp. Then there's the 1.5-liter diesel engine, delivering 114 bhp. Each engine variant comes with its dedicated transmission – the Carens X-Line turbo-petrol gets the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while its diesel counterpart is paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. If you're leaning towards the petrol option, it's yours for ₹18.95 lakh, while the diesel variant is priced at ₹19.45 lakh (both prices ex-showroom).