Update – Kia’s local arm has confirmed details for the Australian-market Rondo update will be announced in the coming weeks. See article for details.
The facelifted Kia Rondo has been revealed and detailed ahead of its public unveiling at the 2016 Paris motor show.
Visually, the revised Rondo — still known as the Carens in Europe — features an updated tiger nose grille, which now has a chrome frame that stretches to the edge of the headlights.
There’s also new a set of bumpers with squarer styling, new fog lights, and revised graphics for the tail-lights. The Rondo is now also available with new designs for its 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Rondo is now available with infotainment systems with touchscreens that measure 7.0 and 8.0 inches diagonally. Depending on the grade, these units can be equipped with satellite navigation, reversing camera, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring.
Top-end European models come fitted with a JBL Premium audio system with six speakers, a subwoofer, and an external amplifier.
The seat coverings have been given a spruce up, with new designs for cars fitted with cloth upholstery, while the leather-clad models have a new diamond weave pattern. The cabin also gains new piano black, and faux metal and carbon-fibre highlights.
Speaking to CarAdvice, Kevin Hepworth, general manager for corporate communications at Kia Australia, said local details for the updated Rondo will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for an update.
The Rondo range was last revised in September 2015 when the diesel models were dropped from the lineup, and satellite navigation made standard.
Despite that, last year Kia found just 208 takers for the Rondo.