Apparently and according to South Korean media TopRider, the reveal of Kia’s first dedicated EV or Kia CV, that will use Hyundai Motor Group’s new dedicated electric platform or E-GMP, alongside Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 and Genesis GV60 is closer than we thought. The crossover EV is expected to be showcased before the end of February while being released in South Korean in July.
What we know so far?
After the South Korean carmaker released its new logo, which retains the “KIA” letters but introduces a more modern, angular font which also features a horizontally and vertically symmetrical design.
We expected that new Kia models will begin to use the new logo as their badge inside and outside soon (and we have confirmed it sharing the timeline), but Kia finally teased a picture of the CV (see below) and showed its futuristic rear design in the online presentation held in January 15th.
Looking at the image, we can see the new Kia logo placed in the hood of a mysterious vehicle that could be the CV, the first Kia model to use the new E-GMP platform. If you look closer to the image you will find that the grille design has the same lines as the Imagine by Kia concept car, but smoothed. Also the grille shows a circle that could be front camera.
This is Kia CV rear design, looks like the taillight design is used like a spoiler
The production CV should have at least the same specifications leaked on the Hyundai IONIQ 5, up to 550km (342 miles) of range, 313 horsepower and a 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. Compared to the IONIQ 5, Kia’s crossover will have a high performance variant confirmed by Albert Biermann, Head of R&D Division, who said they have set a goal to achieve up to 260 km/h and to have a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) of less than 3.5 seconds.
The first of Kia’s next-generation EVs will be introduced to Europe on April 2021, constructed on a unique platform specifically engineered to accommodate the car’s world-leading EV powertrain and technologies. Not only will it offer a crossover design which blurs the boundaries between passenger and sport utility vehicles, as well as a future-oriented user experience. It will also offer a single-charge driving range of over 500 kilometres, as well as sub-20-minute high-speed 800v charging time.
Following the launch of the CV, up to 6 new dedicated vehicles using the E-GMP platform will be launched by 2025.
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