Kia plans to have 14 electrical autos its lineup as quickly as 2027, and the corporate previewed three of those on Thursday at its inaugural Kia EV Day, which befell in Seoul, South Korea.
The preview included a manufacturing mannequin referred to as the EV5, plus ideas of a deliberate EV3 and EV4 fashions. They’re set to affix the EV6 compact crossover and EV9 mid-size SUV in Kia’s current lineup, although not one of the three have been confirmed for U.S. sale.
In a press release, Kia stated the EV5 is into account for North America, however will not be constructed right here. Manufacturing will happen at crops in South Korea and China. Gross sales in China are scheduled to begin later this yr.
The EV5 has beforehand been teased by Kia. It is a compact crossover that was first proven in August throughout the 2023 Chengdu auto present.
It measures near 182 inches lengthy, making it a couple of inches shorter than the EV6. The outside stays fairly near Kia’s EV5 idea first proven in March, giving the looks of a mini model of the EV9.
The inside design additionally matches the idea, with a minimalist dashboard design that includes a single panel combining a pair of 12.3-inch screens for a digital gauge cluster and infotainment hub. A separate 5.0-inch display helps a three-zone local weather management system. A head-up show and ambient lighting package deal can be found.
The EV5 relies on the identical E-GMP platform discovered within the EV6 and EV9, in addition to EVs from Hyundai and Genesis. Relying in the marketplace, the EV5 comes with 58-, 64-, and 88-kwh battery choices. There are additionally single-motor and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains, with probably the most highly effective of those delivering 308 hp.
Kia stated a extra highly effective EV5 GT might be launched at a later date.
One-pedal driving, bidirectional charging, and a bunch of digital driver-assist options additionally function on the EV5, both commonplace or out there. Together with among the many driver-assist options are distant computerized parking, an exit warning system, and an automatic freeway driving system that retains the automobile centered in its lane, adjustments lanes, and acts as adaptive cruise management.
Ought to the EV5 attain the U.S., Kia stated it goals to ship it with a beginning worth beneath $50,000. Kia could launch a distinct crossover right here as a substitute, probably dubbed the EV7 and inbuilt North America to reap the benefits of EV tax credit.