Kia Carens waiting time almost 2 years now

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Launched in February 2022, the Kia Carens forays into Kia’s blockbuster list in India, following a successful run in the Indian automotive market with the Seltos and Sonet SUVs. The three-row Kia Carens has seen a massive increase in demand with long wait times for all its variants across the country. Some regions also face an extremely long waiting period of 74 to 75 weeks for entry-level variants, which stretches over a year depending on Gaadiwaadi.

Like every other automaker in the world, Kia is also facing an acute shortage of semiconductor chips, which, in addition to soaring demand, has led to long waiting times for Carens. Although Kia’s sole manufacturing plant in Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh) is operating at full capacity with three shifts, the waiting period has increased due to these factors.

The Carens reservation bank has already passed the 50,000 reservations mark and is only increasing day by day. In a recent development, Kia has released a new list of waiting periods, which will apply to customers booking the Carens from May 2, 2022.

Longest waiting time on petrol variants

Kia Carens waiting time close to 1.5 years now

As mentioned above, the longest waiting times are recorded by the entry-level Premium and Prestige variants of the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol manual versions, which range up to 74-75 weeks. The Premium, Prestige and Prestige Plus variants of the 1.4-liter turbo petrol version of the Carens impose waiting times of 22-23 weeks, 18-19 weeks and 13-14 weeks respectively. Other variants of the 1.4 liter turbo petrol version like Prestige Plus DCT, Luxury MT, Luxury Plus MT and Luxury Plus DCT require waiting times of 28-29 weeks, 18-19 weeks, 13-14 weeks and 22-23 weeks. respectively.

As for the diesel variants, the manual versions of the Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus and Luxury variants have a waiting period of 32 to 33 weeks. For the Luxury Plus variants, waiting times are 13-14 weeks for the 6-seater manual, 22-23 weeks for the 7-seater manual, 28-29 weeks for the 6-seater automatic and 38-39 weeks for the top -spec 7-seater automatic.

The Kia Carens hit the Indian market in February 2022 at an introductory price of Rs 8.99 lakh, although prices for the entire Kia Carens range were revised in April 2022 with some variants seeing steep price increases up to Rs 70,000. The Kia Carens is available in India with three engine options including a 115 hp naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 140 hp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 1.5 liter diesel engine with 115 hp.

The waiting period to be reduced by the end of 2022

Kia plans to increase production at its Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh. Kia is facing massive back orders with thousands of reserved vehicles still on hold. Kia has already started the third shift and is working to increase production.

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