Kia will unveil the EV5, the electric equivalent to the Sportage, at the end of August in China. But the model is already displayed on the net without any camouflage.
In China, it is almost impossible to keep a new model a secret. During the approval phases, photos of models without camouflage escape before the official presentation. Latest example with the Kia EV5. The Korean brand can at least say that the leak is made shortly before the reveal of the vehicle, expected on August 25 at the Chengdu show.
You may have understood that the priority of this model is China. The vehicle will be produced locally, as part of a joint venture between Kia and Yueda. But the EV5 will be exported to other markets, although doubts remain about its presence in Europe.
This EV5 measures 4.61 meters in length, about ten centimeters longer than the Sportage. It is therefore roughly its electrical equivalent. Kia could however bet with us on another electric SUV, which it intends to produce on the Old Continent.
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The EV5 had been announced by a concept in the spring. And the final version is almost identical, the changes are the usual details when going into series, such as the appearance of mirrors or the adoption of smaller rims.
The look is inspired by that of the big EV9, with for example the continuity of the glazing between the windscreen and the doors, the pointed quarter panel and more generally the angular aspect. The EV5 will be recognized by its funny headlights, which form like upside-down flags.
The EV5 should logically take over the e-GMP platform of the EV6 and EV9. For China, a first version with a 160 kW motor is announced.