Back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the Venga MPV a new model based on the No3 Concept car displayed earlier that year at the Geneva Motor Show. Five years after the launch, Kia will unveil an enhanced version of the Venga at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
As expected, the 2015 Kia Venga will arrive with a new ‘tiger-nose grille’, just like the one featured on the new Sorento, a repositioned Kia badge on the front, redesigned lower grille fitted with fog lights and LED daytime running lights. The rear end will show a new horizontal chrome trim, new rear light clusters, and LED bulbs.
New 16- and 17-inch wheels will be available too. The interior will get a darker metal trim, a new centre console and audio system, optional heated steering wheel as well as the new-generation AVN system with 7.0-inch display.
A choice of up to seven 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter petrol and diesel engines will be available, delivering between 77 and 128 hp. The engines will deliver the power to the front wheels and will be offered with five- or six-speed manual transmissions but also with optional four-speed automatic transmissions.
The new Kia Venga will go on sale in Europe early in 2015 and will be built at company’s Zilina plant in Slovakia.
The Venga is the first model to be released under the stewardship of Kia’s President of Design Peter Schreyer. Schreyer also has the same position at partner company Hyundai. By bringing those thrilling good looks to the market’s supermini segment, the Venga is proof that small can still be beautiful. Under the 2015 version, the looks have been modified by having a new style for the front and the rear.
Its interior meanwhile has been upgraded. All Venga versions come with a more athletic and more aggressive bumper in the front and main grille. The grille in particular shows a new take on the “tiger” nose theme with chrome surround and high-glass black mesh. One change is that the brand logo is now placed to the bodywork. Redesigned as well is the lower air intake which now houses the daytime running lights (DRL), with the grades 3 and 4 variants fitted with LED lights.
The DRL are positioned next to the vehicle’s foglights, which are now in the high-gloss black housings and merged by a chrome strip. Further a chrome strip also links the light units in the rear, which on the Venga 4 have LED. The Venga 4 also reveals chrome exterior door handles, another premium feature. For Models Grades 2 and about, it will be fitted with the new-style alloy 16-inch wheels with the five triple spokes.
For the grades 1 and the 1 Air, both will still have the 15-inch steel wheels having five-spoke embellishers. In addition, Grades 2 and above model will no longer have Sirius Silver and Space Blue for the exterior. Instead offered will be Dark Gun Metal and Planet Blue. A number of changes were also done on the interior like the black Houndstooth cloth for the entry-grade models.
While Grade 2 has the black Beat cloth, Grade 3 models continue to have black Bamboo part-cloth and part-leather upholstery. The same feature is fitted in the Venga 4. The Venga 1, 1 Air and Venga 2 have its center fascia having a Grey Metal Grain paint finish. Venga 3 still has high-gloss black and this is also implemented in the new Venga 4.