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Global EV Day in Korea featured three Kia models

Global EV Day in Korea featured three Kia models

E-GMP is the modular platform used by all 3 models


The EV5, which debuted earlier this year as a concept in China, the EV4 sedan, and the SUV EV3 were unveiled at Kia’s first Global Electric Vehicle Day event in South Korea. By 2030, Kia plans to increase its annual sales to 1.6 million electric vehicles by adding these three models to its line-up of electric vehicles.

Its flagship SUV, the EV9, is currently being launched in most major markets. At the event, three models were revealed that would be gradually introduced into production.  

 

Kia EV4 concept car 

The EV4 is a concept car with completely new styling and a tilted profile. It has a pointed nose at the front with vertically positioned headlights and a prominent front bumper with large air intakes and some subtle contrasting black details.

The four-door sedan looks a lot like the EV6 at first glance, but up close, it has various design features, like a sloping nose and a roofline that tapers toward the rear, giving it a sporty look. It has a prominent line that begins at the rear of the rear door, blends into the rear wheel housings, and further into the vertically arranged taillights. The rear styling stands out with a high rear bumper and integrated spoiler with a prominent Kia badge in the center. The wheels seem large and have a triangular pattern, somewhat similar to other Kia electric car models such as the EV6 and EV9.

The interior has a minimalist design with very few buttons. The EV4 sedan also benefits from a new “Think Mode” feature that adjusts ambient lighting and dynamic ventilation patterns. There is also a “Performance” mode, in which the driver gets all the information he needs to perform optimally. It also has a “Serenity” mode that offers a variety of digital graphics to create a more relaxed atmosphere. 

Kia EV3 SUV

The EV3 will position itself as an entry-level electric SUV in Kia’s international lineup, at least for now. The two-row SUV shares many design similarities with the larger EV9 and EV5 SUVs, cleverly arranged in a much smaller footprint. Kia says the EV3 SUV benefits from the new CMF design theme, where CMF stands for Color, Materials, and Finish.

Its boxy appearance features a mix of cuts and curves, including a sloping windshield and a roofline that tapers subtly towards the rear. Wheel arches and alloy wheels are characterized by muscular appearance. The interior follows the design direction of other Kia electric car models and continues to pursue a minimalist style. Kia says a number of sustainable materials are used in the EV3’s interior, and there are even handcrafted details on some of the interior panels that it says give a 3D look to the SUV’s interior.

 

Kia EV5

The EV5 SUV launched its production version a few months ago in China. At Kia EV Day, the SUV was introduced as a global product. Kia has confirmed that the EV5 will be produced in China and Korea for the global market.

EV5 comes in three variants: standard, short- and long-range all-wheel drive. The standard EV5 comes with a 64 kWh battery and 160 kW motor and is expected to have a range of 530 km per charge (CLTC). The long-range variant has an 88 kWh battery and the same 160 kW motor with an expected range of around 720 km per charge. The range-topping EV5 all-wheel drive system has an 88 kWh battery and a combined output of 230 kW, with 160 kW motors in the front wheels and 70 kW motors in the rear wheels. The range is expected to be around 650 km for this variant.

Kia says the EV5 SUV will have different battery and range options depending on the market, including a performance-focused GT variant that will arrive a little later. Its five-seat cabin offers multiple seating configurations and is equipped with up to three screens, each dedicated to infotainment, vehicle information, and HVAC services. The EV5 SUV is also equipped with ADAS technology with V2L and other features, which are already available on the EV9 and EV6 sold in India.

 

In India, Kia offers a line-up of EVs

The EV6 is Kia’s current model in our market, and it plans to introduce a mass-market electric vehicle by 2025. It is expected that Kia will launch its next electric model for India next year, the EV9.

Source of information: Autocar Professional

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