Here's what we can expect from Kia's latest electric vehicle.
Thanks to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the new Kia EV5 SUV has leaked, giving us our best look yet at Kia's next electric vehicle.
Like the larger EV9, Kia has kept the styling of the EV5 very close to the concept unveiled earlier this year. The boxy body shape is littered with futuristic details, like the new digital Tiger Face and eccentric headlight design. While the styling has been toned down slightly, we have to admit that the production EV5 is a striking crossover. It should be a more affordable option for those who can't quite stretch to an EV9.
As per Car News China, the EV5 features an LFP battery produced by Chinese automaker BYD. A single electric motor produces 215 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. No acceleration figures are provided, but the EV5 is said to have a top speed of 115 mph.
While the Chinese market EV5 will use the LFP battery, models destined for global export will use a Lithium-Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt-Oxide (NMC) battery with a reported 372 miles of range.
In terms of size, the Kia EV5 measures 181.7 inches long, making it slightly shorter than the 183.5-inch-long Kia Sportage. The electric SUV is marginally wider than its gas-powered sibling, at 73.8 inches, and slightly taller at 67.5 inches. The wheelbase is practically the same as the Sportage, at 108.3 inches. The EV5's curb weight is more in line with the far bigger Telluride, weighing in at a hefty 4,123 lbs.
Kia-Yueda will reportedly manufacture Kia's EV5 in Yancheng. Interestingly, the EV5 produced in China will be sold in other markets, making it the company's first China-made EV for global markets. It hasn't yet been confirmed for an American launch, however, we remain hopeful. If and when the EV5 arrives in America, we're guessing Kia will manufacture it in America to benefit from local production incentives.
The Korean company has already confirmed that it will start building EVs at the Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) plant in Georgia. Production is expected to commence in 2025, with Kia spending $5.5 billion on the new facility. It's safe to assume the new EV5 will be one of the vehicles built at this production plant - if it reaches the US market.
According to the report, the EV5 will officially debut on August 26 at the Chengdu Motor Show. There's no word yet on whether the EV5 will hit our roads, with a company representative telling CarBuzz, "Kia America has made no official announcement regarding the EV5."
Chinese presales will commence in November, suggesting the EV5 will reach customers early next year. It would be an oversight for Kia not to offer the EV5 in the United States. As a more conventional SUV, it would appeal to more customers and give the brand something to battle the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4.