Kia EV3, EV4 and EV5 due by 2026 – report
What comes after 6? If you happen to’re Kia, it’s 3, 4 and 5.
The US publication says the EV4 is anticipated in late 2024, with the EV3 following in mid-2026.
They’re anticipated to be equally sized crossovers, with the publication referring to them as subcompact crossovers. This American definition suggests they’ll be across the dimension of the prevailing Stonic or Seltos.
It additionally notes that doubtlessly just one will likely be provided within the North American market, suggesting one could possibly be a mannequin developed primarily for the European market.
An EV5 sedan will reportedly launch in mid-2025 and doubtlessly supplant the present K5, which in flip changed the Optima. Declining sedan gross sales globally might see Kia section out the K5.
The EV5 would reportedly function Kia’s equal to the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and share the devoted E-GMP electrical car structure.
Kia teased a range of electric vehicles on the E-GMP structure early final 12 months that it stated it will launch by 2027.
These included a Sportage-sized crossover, a slinky sedan, a compact coupe, and what gave the impression to be a city-sized hatchback.
It’s doable the EV3, EV4 and EV5 have been amongst these, although the teasers have been so shadowy the automobiles’ sizes and styles have been onerous to discern.
Earlier this 12 months, Kia stated it will introduce not less than two EVs per 12 months beginning in 2023, with every mannequin to get a high-performance GT variant.
It additionally introduced it will introduce 14 EVs by 2027; beforehand, it had stated it will launch 11 by 2026.
That successfully confirms a right-hand drive model, in distinction with Kia’s present flagship SUVs – the unibody Telluride and body-on-frame Mohave – that are solely obtainable in left-hand drive.
We mightn’t have to attend for much longer after Europe for the EV9, both.
“We’re negotiating strongly to convey as many [EVs] to our shores as shortly as doable. If we’re fortunate sufficient, there could possibly be one other couple subsequent 12 months,” stated Kia Australia product boss Roland Rivero earlier this year.
Kia Australia has beforehand confirmed it’s placing its hand up for any electrical mannequin it may get.
The three-row EV9 is, by far, the most important of the upcoming E-GMP-based Kias.
The Idea EV9 measures 2055mm huge, 1790mm tall, and 4930mm lengthy with a 3100mm wheelbase.
That is 80mm wider, 40mm taller, and 50mm shorter than the Hyundai Palisade, and rides a 200mm longer wheelbase.
Its wheelbase is 10mm down, nonetheless, on the E-GMP based mostly Hyundai Seven, one other three-row electrical SUV idea that previews an upcoming mannequin.
The manufacturing Ioniq 7 is due in 2024.
Kia says the Idea EV9 might be DC fast-charged at speeds of as much as 350kW, which suggests it may be zapped from 10 to 80 per cent in 20 to half-hour.
Though the automaker has but to launch electrical powertrain particulars, Kia did notice the Idea EV9 has a variety of as much as 483km, line ball with the Hyundai Seven.
Carscoops reported final 12 months the six- or seven-seat Ioniq 7 will use a 100kWh battery pack and supply a 230kW dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, which might level to what the EV9 will supply.
Kia has additionally confirmed it’ll launch two electrical pickup vehicles by 2027: one a “devoted electrical pickup truck”, the opposite a “strategic mannequin for rising markets”.
The latter has been referred to by Kia executives as a “spinoff” mannequin, suggesting it’ll even be provided with combustion energy.
The “devoted” mannequin, in distinction, would doubtless journey the E-GMP structure.
This structure helps batteries large enough for upwards of 528km of WLTP vary (EV6 Air), and helps motors that’ll propel automobiles to 100km/h in lower than 3.5 seconds (EV6 GT).
The 800V electrical structure additionally helps charging at as much as 350kW.