Absent from the new Kia market for over two years now, the Kia Ronda might not ring any bells to drivers who have more recently adopted the brand's quickly-evolving lifestyle. A CUV that looked like a shorter minivan, it went out on a high note with a 175 to 198-hp engine (depending on trim), seating for up to seven, front-wheel drive, generous cargo capacity, 284 to 427-mile driving range and near-perfect user rating on MSN Autos. Thus, Kia of Waldorf isn't surprised to learn that there is a possibility the South Korean automaker might just bring the Rondo back.
To be clear, our posturing is based on two rounds of official spy shots and loud whisperings among some of the industry's most highly-esteemed experts -- not a green-light announced by Kia. That said, all signs, especially the more recent set of spy shots of the forthcoming new Kia Carens (considered the Rondo's European cousin) point to the family-hauler's return.
Should Kia's not-so-subtle hints come to fruition, you can expect a contemporary body defined by a shorter roofline, sportier sculpting, dual air-intakes on the hood, more power, and all of the advanced tech and safety features seen across the current Kia lineup (i.e., infotainment, rear-view camera displays, iPod compatibility, steering-wheel mounted controls, BLUETOOTH ?).
Curious to learn more?
Whether Kia confirms or denies speculations surrounding a Rondo revival, Kia of Waldorf promises in-depth coverage. So, be sure to check back again soon. We suspect more insight will be given at the Paris Auto Show scheduled for September 27th.