Don't get the cheque book out yet, though; the new Rondo won't hit showrooms until next year, when it will be joined by Kia's all-new Cerato small car range.
While the big Grand Carnival continues to decimate competition in the large people-mover segment, the current Rondo has barely moved. Just 25 have been sold this year, compared to 244 Carnivals.
Kia expects the Rondo badge's fortunes to lift in 2013.
“The all-new Rondo enhances Kia’s presence in a segment that, in Europe, is one of the most important and competitive new car categories,” Tony Barlow, Kia Motors Australia’s Chief Operating Officer said.
“For Australia, the segment is much smaller but in the stylish new Rondo we believe we have a car that will give a viable and attractive option to those who have a need for extra seating but do not wish to drive an SUV."
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.
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.
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