On Friday, the Chengdu Motor Show in China hosted the unveiling of the production-ready version of the Kia EV5 electric crossover. Scheduled for a launch within China later this year, there is yet no confirmation regarding its release in the U.S.
The external appearance of the vehicle bears a striking resemblance to the EV5 concept that was first presented in March. It looks like a compact edition of the Kia EV9. Although the technical specifications have not been disclosed, the EV5’s size is understood to align with that of the current Kia Sportage crossover. Dimensions of about 182 inches in length, 74 inches in width, and 68 inches in height were possibly disclosed through a leak on a Chinese state website. Kia has not commented on the platform, leaving uncertainty whether it may employ the same E-GMP platform as the EV9 and EV6 or a platform designed for smaller, more economically-priced EVs.
Kia EV5’s Interior and Features
The interior of the Kia EV5 is marked by a minimalist dashboard design, mirroring the look of the original EV5 concept, although the rotating seats have been removed. Kia asserts the provision of an “extensive interior space that is more analogous to a home lounge than a traditional automobile interior.”
The vehicle offers adjustable ambient lighting, allowing for brightness modification (on a 0-10 scale) and color alteration (64 options). This lighting not only creates ambiance but also alters color in coordination with the car’s driving modes, and provides speed limit exceedance alerts.
Further Details and Market Competition
Kia has withheld details regarding the power, battery capacity, driving range, or pricing of the EV5. For now, sales in China are confirmed, with additional information expected to be revealed at Kia’s EV Day event in October. If plans to introduce the EV5 in the U.S. materialize, the timing could be announced at this event. In the U.S., the EV5 might be positioned to compete with models such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and Nissan Ariya.
Kia’s Future EV Strategy
By 2027, Kia aims to offer 14 electric vehicles in its worldwide selection and is planning to initiate at least two new launches annually starting in 2023. This lineup includes the EV9, slated for U.S. sales later this year as a 2024 model, and an electric pickup truck, which is also part of Kia’s U.S. electric vehicle endeavors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kia EV5
When and where was the Kia EV5 electric crossover debuted?
The Kia EV5 electric crossover was unveiled in its production-ready form at the Chengdu Motor Show in China on Friday.
What are the known dimensions of the Kia EV5?
The EV5 is listed at approximately 182 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 68 inches tall, although Kia has not officially confirmed these measurements.
Will the Kia EV5 be launched in the U.S.?
As of now, a U.S. launch for the Kia EV5 has not been confirmed. Further details may be revealed at Kia’s EV Day event in October.
What features does the interior of the Kia EV5 include?
The interior of the Kia EV5 features a minimalist dashboard design and adjustable ambient lighting, with brightness and color options. The extensive interior space is likened to a home lounge.
How does the Kia EV5 fit into Kia’s overall electric vehicle strategy?
Kia plans to include the EV5 in its global lineup of 14 electric vehicles by 2027. It’s part of Kia’s broader strategy to launch at least two new electric vehicles per year starting in 2023.
What vehicles would the Kia EV5 likely compete against in the U.S. market?
Should the EV5 be introduced in the U.S., it would likely compete with models such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and Nissan Ariya.
More about Kia EV5
- Kia Official Website
- Chengdu Motor Show
- Kia EV5 at the Chengdu Motor Show
- Volkswagen ID.4 Official Page
- Nissan Ariya Official Page
- Kia’s Future EV Strategy