The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allowed for the earlier-than-anticipated release of the production-ready design and specifications for the new Kia EV5 electric SUV. The tiny vehicle, which will formally introduce itself in the coming weeks, will be produced in China with an eye on export to international markets.
When Kia's designers stated that the March 2023 EV5 concept closely mirrored the future production EV, they most definitely weren't joking. The SUV's look is almost unchanged from the idea, with just minor changes. The wheels are available in two diameters, 18 or 19. However, they share the same design as the 21-inch wheels seen in the idea.
Traditional side mirrors, streamlined door handles, a larger charging outlet, and subtly modified LED headlights are some of the changes made since the research. The body design is otherwise substantially comparable with these modifications. Although inside images have not yet been released, the vehicle is believed to take substantial design and technical cues from the bigger EV9.
The EV5 has the following measurements: 4,615 mm (181.7 inches) in length, 1,875 mm (73.8 inches) in width, and 1,715 mm (67.5 inches) in height, all of which are supported by a 2,750 mm (108.3 inches) wheelbase. These specifications place the EV5 as the Kia Sportage's electric equivalent within the manufacturer's portfolio.
Like Kia's previous electric cars, the EV5 is based on the E-GMP architecture and has McPherson front struts and a multi-link rear suspension. The SUV will be fitted with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor from Vitesco Automotive Electronics in accordance with the given requirements. The front wheels are the only ones to receive the 215 horsepower (160 kW / 218 PS) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque produced by this motor. Electronic limits will prevent vehicles from travelling faster than 185 km/h (115 mph). The BYD Blade lithium iron phosphate battery pack will store energy, while exact range information is not yet available.
A dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) model from Kia is likely to be released at some point in the future.
A joint venture between Kia and Yueda will manufacture the new EV5 in Yacheng, China. The EV5, which has its production base in China, is not just geared toward the domestic market; it is a global electric car that will probably also travel to North America. According to the most recent information, the Kia EV5 will be officially unveiled on August 25 at the Chengdu Motor Show.