Today Kia unveiled its latest EV masterpiece, the Kia EV5. And if you think it looks familiar – that’s because the new EV5 heavily borrows on styling from its bigger sibling, the EV9. Calling the EV5 a mini EV9 you wouldn’t be wrong – although Kia’s PR team probably wouldn’t be too impressed.
All-new Kia EV5
The EV5 boasts a design inspired by both natural landscapes and modern architecture, according to the official press release. The term ‘Tiger Face’ isn’t about jungle adventures but Kia’s innovative design, and the EV5 flaunts it splendidly. Add to this the “Signature Star Map Lighting”, and you’re riding in a constellation – or at least, that’s the idea. We can’t help but see the EV9 whichever way we look – but that’s not a bad thing.
Size matters in the SUV game and the EV5 finds itself at the shorter end of the scale. At 181.7 inches it is exactly 5.3 inches shorter than the Tesla Model Y. With its 108.3 inches wheelbase it sits right between the Model Y and the new Hyundai Kona Electric.
When it comes to color options for the new EV5, it seems Kia has gone all out. From the glistening ‘Snow White Pearl’, ‘Starry Night Black’, ‘Ivory Silver’ to the audacious ‘Magma Red’, Kia’s not skimping on the glitz, at least when it comes to names. But remember, it’s not about the looks. It’s about the… okay, it’s a little about the looks. Well, maybe a lot.
Ever thought of your vehicle as an extension of your living room? Neither did we, until now. Kia is reimagining vehicle interiors, turning the EV5’s space into something resembling your home lounge. Imagine settling into your car as if it were your favorite armchair. This isn’t a car; it’s a retreat on wheels.
This mobile lounge comes with mood lighting. Want to feel calm after a hectic day? Adjust the brightness, pick a soothing color, and let the ambiance melt your worries away. Think disco lights but more sophisticated.
Today’s unveiling is all about the design meaning we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the official powertrain specs. But thanks to the Chinese market approval procedures, we already know that the Kia EV5 will be powered by a single 160 kW electric motor (218 PS) that matches the Kona. The electrons will be delivered from a BYD-supplied Blade battery pack. Whether the global specification will vary from the Chinese version, remains to be seen.
Kia plans to officially launch the EV5 in October this year, during the Kia EV Day, with China being its debut market. The world is craving compact electric SUVs and Kia’s timing is perfect. Let’s see if they get the pricing right!