Stunning Kia Imagine Concept Is Entering Production

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This will be one of 11 fully electric models Kia will launch by 2025.

Like many automakers right now, Kia is preparing an electric onslaught. By 2025, the Korean automaker will have as many as 11 fully electric models in its lineup. Last year, the stunning Kia Imagine Concept previewed a future electric Kia crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and now we have proof that it's entering production. Our spy photographers have spotted a mysterious Kia prototype that appears to be the automaker's upcoming electric crossover currently known as the CV.

Unlike the Kia Niro EV and Soul EV that are based on existing models, the Kia CV will be an entirely new model riding on Hyundai and Kia's dedicated E-GMP EV platform, which will also underpin the production version of the Hyundai 45 EV.

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Unfortunately, the electric crossover is heavily camouflaged, so we don't get a clear look at the design details. With its coupe-style crossover shape incorporating a sloping roof and five-door layout, the Kia CV appears to combine elements from the Kia Imagine and Futuron concepts. When the camouflage comes off, this should be a very stylish-looking crossover.

According to reports, the Kia CV will use the same 800-volt battery system as the Porsche Taycan, enabling the electric crossover to offer a driving range of 300 miles on a single charge and charging times of less than 20 minutes.

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For comparison, the Kia Niro EV offers a range of 238 miles, while the electric motor produces 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. A performance-focused version that will rival the Porsche Taycan is also allegedly in development with a 0-62 mph time of under three seconds. Kia's first dedicated electric vehicle will launch in 2021, so expect to see more revealing spy shots between now and then as development evolves. With 11 electric models launching within the next five years, Kia will be able to cover a broad range of body styles, with the CV a key part of that plan.

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