Kia’s newest all-electric providing, the EV5, will probably be revealed on the Chengdu Motor Present subsequent month. The EV5 is anticipated to start out within the area of $40,000 and will probably be a crossover barely smaller in dimension than the EV6. We have already got an excellent thought of what it would appear to be, with Kia exhibiting it off in idea type on the Shanghai Motor Present final March.
In keeping with The Korean Automobile Weblog, the EV5 will probably be powered by an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack and could have as much as 372 miles of vary. And whereas the EV5 will journey on the identical E-GMP platform because the EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, it would function a 400-volt system versus the 800-volt setup discovered within the aforementioned fashions. Meaning it would take barely longer to cost, though it additionally permits it to be extra reasonably priced.
Undoubtedly, the BYD Atto 3 and Tesla Mannequin Y would be the EV5’s principal opponents in China. Whereas this time final yr the Mannequin Y might have been seen as extra of an EV6 competitor, pricing has since dropped considerably. The Y now begins at solely ¥263,900 ($36,916) in China, making it an reasonably priced entry-level crossover.
Though China is the EV5’s principal focus market, it will likely be out there globally. In North America and Europe, the EV5 is anticipated to function an NCM battery with Chinese language variations utilizing LFP packs.
The EV5 is anticipated to go on sale in China later this yr. Count on US order books to open in the course of 2024.