Kia Venga compact hatchback-van thing debuts
Kia has launched a new “premium” compact crossover hatchback-MPV called the Kia Venga, which will go on sale in Europe later this year.
Ready to debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the Venga was designed and is manufactured in Europe. Its claim to fame is an unusually long wheelbase and a high roofline, both creating midsize levels of cabin space.
Every engine in the Venga line-up will be available with Kia’s fuel-saving “Intelligent Stop and Go” technology. The Venga will be marketed exclusively in Europe where consumers will be offered a choice of two 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, generating between 75 hp and 115 hp.
The Venga will be equipped with a sliding 60/40 split rear seat that also folds flat into the floor to create a spacious cargo bay and, a twin-level boot floor and depending on model a tilt-and-slide all-glass panoramic roof.
There are no immediate plans to bring the Kia Venga to the GCC anytime soon, although it looks like an ideal replacement for the embarrassing Kia Carens.