We recently shared the confirmation of the name of Kia’s boxy all-electric SUV spied several times. To be called as KIA EV3 and to replace the loved Kia Soul, Kia teased its EV3 concept ahead KIA EV Day to be held on October 12th. If Kia does the same as with the EV5/EV9 concept vs production version, the EV3 production model will be very similar to the concept above.
We spied this boxy SUV many times and thought it was the EV4, but we have a confirmation that this model will be the KIA EV3 and will serve as a Soul Electric replacement when arrives it into the market in 2024. This prototype is already looking rather production ready under that camouflage and also has what looks like production wheels. The EV3 will be positioned below the recently revealed EV5 and according to our sources its said to keep it’s price under $30.000.
Rumors has it that the EV3 will get a 400V tech instead in order to keep the price down. Same rumors also say the EV5 models for China will also get the 400V system but also that the EV5 will hit other markets but then with the 800V set-up.
It is still unknown if this model used the E-GMP platform or the new “eM“. As a possible budget electric car (remember it has the same size as a Seltos but with a longer wheelbase) we bow down for E-GMP, but maybe with a 400V system like the EV5 and LFP (lithium iron phosphate battery) to keep the price under $25,000.
These are the very first spy shots of an expected SUV that should arrive sometime in 2024 and could rival Tesla Model 2 and Volkswagen ID.2all under $30,000 cars.
For now these are all unconfirmed rumors so we will have to wait and se. The debut for the Kia EV3 could come as soon as the end of this year but more likely in the first quarter of 2024.