With a shape more akin to a traditional SUV than the EV6, the EV5 is out is set to take on a growing selection of impressive EVs
Positioned as a smaller offering to the large electric EV9 which is set to arrive in Australia by October 2023, the EV5 carries much of the same design philosophy as its larger sibling.
Kia says that the new EV5 will launch in South Korea “in the latter half of 2023” and is likely to be one of the star cars at Kia’s upcoming EV Day, set for October.
A spokesperson for Kia Australia told Chasing Cars that the brand “is keen to bring in as many EV models as possible including EV5 and we do have our hand up”.
The new midsize electric SUV will almost certainly use a version of the existing E-GMP Hyundai/Kia/Genesis EV platform, though it’s not yet clear if it will use the evolved version which could bring more range and performance.
Power and torque outputs have not yet been released, however it’s likely that the EV5 will feature performance similar to that of the EV6 and be offered in both single- and dual-motor guise.
This means you can expect power outputs roughly between 200kW-270kW and up to 600Nm of torque, depending on the configuration.
If you’re wondering about size, the EV5 will be most similar in dimensions to the current Kia Sportage.
Design wise, the EV5 features the familiar elements that debuted on the EV9 large SUV, with its tiger face and striking LED headlights, also set to feature on the facelifted Sorento large SUV and Carnival people mover.
According to Kia, the interior is set to feature the following:
We are yet to find out about the EV5’s exact model lineup, precise electric motor and battery figures and, of course, standard levels of equipment that will be available.
Stay tuned for more updates as the EV5 gets closer to its official launch.
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