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Kia has launched a real electric offensive in recent years, especially since the arrival of the EV6 which inaugurated a new dedicated family. This specific range is expanding over the months, notably with the large 7-seater family SUV EV9 which has just been launched. This will continue with the EV5, a compact SUV already prefigured by a concept last March, and two other vehicles presented today.
The Kia EV5, an SUV probably close to a Sportage in size, sports the cubic silhouette now typical of Kia’s EV range and inspired by the big brother EV9. Produced in China and Korea on the Kia E-GMP electric platform, the EV5 will be offered in three versions on the Chinese market: standard, long-range 2WD and long-range 4WD. The first will have a 64 kWh battery pack and a 160 kW motor to display 530 km according to the CLTC standard (Chinese approval standard, more lax than our European WLTP). The long-range 2WD version will offer 720 km of autonomy thanks to an 88 kWh battery associated with the simple 160 kW electric motor.
The long-range 4WD targets 650 km on a charge, thanks to the same 88 kWh cell pack. It is equipped with two electric motors, one at the front of 160 kW and another at the rear of 70 kW, for a combined power of 230 kW. This model, however, offers an “ultra-fast” charging function without knowing the exact charging power or whether it is a 400V or 800V system like the EV6 for example. Recharging your battery from 30 to 80% would take 27 minutes depending on the brand.
Please note that the characteristics of EV5s may change depending on the region and country. Thus, in South Korea, all variations are under development. Let’s see what happens for the European market. Kia specifies that the model will also be available in a more dynamic GT variant, like the EV6 GT and its 585 hp. Details remain to be known.
The passenger compartment of the EV5 can have a bench seat at the front (reserved for the Chinese market) and reclining and massaging seats at the rear, or even fully folding in order to obtain a flat floor to transform the passenger compartment in sleeping space. The dashboard is close to that of the EV9, with two 12.3-inch screens (meters and multimedia system) linked by a third small 5-inch OLED screen for air conditioning management. The number of physical buttons is kept to a minimum. Kia specifies that the model has numerous driving aids, as well as V2L (powering external electrical devices from the battery) or V2G (returning energy to the home network when needed) functionalities.
A sedan and an urban SUV in the pipeline
On the other hand, the brand presents two concepts, foreshadowing the future EV3 and EV4. As is often the case with Kia, the design is already almost fixed and the production models should be very close to the concepts. The first is a shorter urban SUV, while the EV4 foreshadows a family sedan. The two studies take up the design of Kia’s EV range, with folds and taut lines, prominent and very marked wheel arches and a very fine lighting signature.
The interior treatment is very refined, with a windshield pushed back as far as possible and a horizontal dashboard made of fabric (green on the EV3, brown on the EV4). The door panels are stunning, with a rather unusual closed door pan, and a small opening handle above. The overhead central console forms a tray for the upper part, serving as an armrest, while a storage space is located in the lower part. The steering wheel is extremely simplified, with a single spoke and two flats. The air vents are cleverly hidden in the textile dashboard, which incorporates a double slab in the upper part in the form of a single screen. Kia specifies that the Concept EV4 benefits from a new ‘Mind Modes’ function which allows you to adjust the ambient lighting and select animated ventilation modes.
Still at the concept stage, these two vehicles could well arrive on the market as early as next year. For the moment, Kia is not giving an exact date. The two vehicles should be based on an evolution of the current E-GMP platform, used by most of the Hyundai-Kia group’s electric vehicles (Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, EV6, etc.). The brand gives few details on the technical part of the future EV3 and EV4, and we will therefore have to wait a few months to find out more about these new Korean electric products.
Photos : DR.
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To sum up
Kia is accelerating on electric vehicles and presents its global strategy with three new products: the standard SUV EV5, already prefigured by a study in the spring, as well as the future EV3 and EV4, a sedan and an urban SUV revealed by concepts.
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