2013 Kia Rondo Detailed Further Ahead Of Australian Debut

Mike Stevens | Sep 27, 2012

Kia has revealed new details on its upcoming 2013 Rondo seven-seater at this week's Paris Motor Show.

Expected to join the Australian line-up next year alongside the new Cerato sedan, the Rondo ('Carens' overseas) wears the latest evolution of Kia's new styling language.

The wide 'Tiger Nose' grille dominates the face of the new wagon, flanked by large headlights that take their cues from the European-market Cee'd range.

A tall roofline ensures optimum head-room across all rows, and a tall tailgate and wide rear access portal stands out at the rear.

Inside, the Rondo is treated to an all-black trim, highlighted by a glossy dash and a large centre display screen.

"The new Carens builds on the family-friendly versatility and functionality of its predecessor, and features more athletic and visually dynamic design," Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO of Kia, said.

"This marks a dramatic shift forward for our MPV contender and brings the model in line with Kia’s distinctive current design direction."

Mechanical Package

On the international scene, buyers will be treated to a choice of four engines: two petrol and two diesel, ranging in outputs from 85 to 130kW.

Australian buyers can likely expect the top-shelf 130kW/211Nm 2.0 litre petrol engine, replacing the 106kW engine in the current Rondo range.

With that petrol mill, Kia promises a 0-100km/h time of 9.7 seconds, with a top speed between 181 and 203km/h (depending on load, but we don't expect any families to be pushing the envelope on this one... - Ed).

If a diesel option is locked in, expect to see the new 1.7 litre engine offered, bringing 100kW and 330Nm of torque. It remains to be seen however if this option will make its way to Australia.

Internationally, both engines will be offered with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, replacing the five-speed manual and four-speed auto options of the current model.

Note: Fuel consumption figures are still to be revealed.

The suspension arrangement includes MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam setup at the rear.

And, like all new Kia models, you can expect the new Rondo to get a localised handling tune before hitting Australian showrooms.

Dimensions and Features

On the outside, the new Rondo is smaller than its predecessor - some 20mm shorter end-to-end and 15mm narrower.

But, thanks to a cleverly designed interior and a 50mm longer wheelbase, Kia says it has liberated more interior space than the outgoing model offered.

There is also a new configurable seating arrangement, offering 492 litres of rear storage with the third row down, and 103 litres when upright.

Depending on specification and market, features will include an electric parking brake, a smart key, engine start/stop button, six-speaker audio with optional amplifier and sub-woofer, puddle lights in the exterior front door handles, and an optional large powered panoramic glass sunroof.

Australia

The new Rondo will go on sale in Korea as the Carens early next year, with an Australian debut likely to come in the following months.

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  • Smart us says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    nice one... another great job from Kia - Korea 15 : Japan 0
    • FrugalOne says,
      1 year ago
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      nice one... another great job from Kia - Korea 15 : Japan 0
      rolleyes rolleyes

      Get back to us when they make anything ONE-TENTH as good as a EVO, GT-R, Pajero etc etc biggrin

  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    2 years ago
    A very attractive 7 seat people mover. If the price is right these should sell well. Ford also has the Grand C-Max... Too bad they don't sell it in Oz.
  • Alvaro says,
    2 years ago
    No electric parking brake? no start stop? no keyless entry? no automatic trasmision? please i need answers cos would be my next car!!
    • jeremy says,
      2 years ago
      3 likes
      Why would you want any of those things? Greater cost, greater complexity, more to go wrong as the vehicle ages...
  • Andy says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Anything thinking B Class?
  • John Hague says,
    2 years ago

    We bought our 2007 Kia Rondo V6, seven seater because it works! We haul our kayaks, travel mountain roads, drive a lot of slow, island driving and sometimes face severe rain and sometimes snow. This car has outperformed in all conditions any car we have owned since 1975.

    The news that the 2013 will have a choice of between two 4 cylinder turbo'd engines, a longer wheelbase and more aerodynamic shape is the second reason we are ordering one.
  • mel says,
    2 years ago
    need both the engines - Petrol & Diesel
    • FrugalOne says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      need both the engines - Petrol & Diesel
      biggrin

      BiMotori, the Italians tried that in a race-car, worked ok but very complicated! laugh

  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I think this will be our next family car.., great job Kia
  • FM says,
    2 years ago
    We test drove the old Rondo and was very disappointed with it, poor engine, handling and bland interior, terrible ride in 3rd row, my wife almost vomited.
    My brother has a Sportage in europe with the 1.7l diesel and its a beauty, hope it make sit here
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