May 29, 2023

Kia simply revealed the 2024 EV9 electrical SUV in production-ready type, however the automaker on Monday revealed a smaller electrical SUV idea.

Referred to as the EV5, the idea previews a “manufacturing mannequin destined initially for Chinese language market later this 12 months,” based on Kia. Be aware the usage of the phrase “initially,” which hints that the EV5 is coming to different markets ultimately.

The EV5 idea has the same boxy design theme to the EV9, and in addition borrows the bigger SUV’s swivel seats, however in a smaller footprint than the three-row EV9, which is scheduled to go on sale within the U.S. later this 12 months.

Kia EV5 idea

This new idea additionally provides a full-length panoramic sunroof with built-in photo voltaic panels. Kia additionally claims the inside was made with a major quantity of sustainable materials, together with the usage of supplies similar to seaweed extract and recycled plastic bottles for the seat trim, headliner, and door and dashboard lining.

No technical particulars had been offered. Kia’s press supplies do not even point out the E-GMP platform utilized by the EV9 and EV6, as properly the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, and Genesis GV60. That signifies the EV5 could possibly be based mostly on a brand new EV platform for smaller and extra reasonably priced automobiles beforehand hinted at by guardian Hyundai.

Kia EV5 concept

Kia EV5 idea

The EV5 title signifies a mannequin positioned beneath the EV6, maybe as a totally electrical various to the Sportage, which is obtainable as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. There does appear to be room for such a mannequin in Kia’s present U.S. lineup.

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The Niro EV is presently the smaller Kia EV provided for the U.S. market, however its pricing and positioning would not slot in properly alongside both the less expensive Chevy Bolt EV or barely dearer EV6 and that complete aggressive set. Kia opted to not promote the second-generation Soul EV within the U.S.—a mannequin which may have match rather more simply subsequent to this EV5.