Kia CV (Kia EV5) rear-end officially revealed in a teaser clip

The rear-end of the Kia CV has been teased in a clip that plays at the end of the new brand manifesto video. The Kia CV features C-shaped rear lights connected via a long LED strip for a bold visual impression. The setup looks similar to that of the eighth-gen Hyundai Sonata from a distance, only inverted.

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Kia has revealed that it will unveil the CV in the first quarter (by March). In another update, now we know more about the possible name of the CV.

Kia EV5 to be the name of Kia CV (production Kia Imagine)?

Also, Karim Habib, Senior Vice President, Head of Kia Global Design Center, has revealed that the seven dedicated Kia EVs arriving by 2027, including the Kia CV, “will simply be named EV1 to EV9.” Given that it’s going to be Hyundai Ioniq 5 equivalent, it won’t surprise us if it arrives as the Kia EV5.

First global electric model to feature new Kia logo

Last week, the first teaser showing the Kia CV was planted in a marketing campaign that promotes the new Kia logo. A short video of the story behind the brand’s corporate identity and the bold transformation into a future mobility brand gave a glimpse of the Kia CV at the 52-second mark. Watch it below:

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The Kia CV features the new Kia logo on the hood, and a camera mounted in the place where a traditional Kia would have the brand logo. The camera is understandably for the autonomous drive system of the electric crossover. The smooth crease lines on the hood create a sense of elegance, while the dip in the center gives the electric crossover a hint of sportiness.

Kia Motors welcomed 2021 with a new brand logo, as it gears up to script the next chapter of its corporate strategy with highly futuristic EVs beginning with the Kia CV launch in the coming months. The company has replaced its old roundel and with a sleek new logo that will adorn the Kia CV featuring a continuing flat ribbon-style modern font.

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Kia has reduced its logo to the essential elements, in line with its minimalist EVs. The launch also marks the introduction of the new brand slogan. Image Source: Kia

The Kia CV is a milestone at Kia Motors, akin to the ID.3 which was a major transition in Volkswagen’s corporate strategy. Like the German automaker, it has changed its logo to a new low-profile, flattish style that is in line with the minimalist nature of next-gen EVs. The CV will be the first global Kia to bear the new Kia logo.

Quicker than the Porsche Taycan

Albert Biermann, the Head of R&D Division at Hyundai and Kia, shared some exciting details about the Kia CV last month. According to Biermann, the Kia SUV on the E-GMP will be as fast as a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which is the most powerful Porsche Taycan in the showroom.

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A Kia CV GT variant with Porsche Taycan-level performance is planned. The spy shot is from our reader Louis Handel from Germany.

At the Open R&D Day 2020 held in South Korea on December 4, 2020, Biermann talked about a ‘GT’ variant of the Kia CV, which should be the range-topper. He indicated that the Kia CV GT would be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h quicker than the Porsche Taycan 4S (4.0 seconds). He suggested that the Kia CV GT would be faster than the Porsche Taycan 4S (250 km/h), with a top speed that matches the Porsche Taycan Turbo (260 km/h) and Porsche Taycan Turbo 4S (260 km/h). He said:

We are working on a high-power EV from our Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) for next year Kia, a high-power GT version, and we’re aiming to go like 260 (km/h) with the EV. The battery of course will die a little bit faster, but high-speed driving is possible, but also very powerful acceleration. This car can go 0-100 (km/h) in maybe about 3.5 seconds.

Albert Biermann, Head of R&D Division, Hyundai/Kia
Hyundai Kia Genesis E-GMP platform
The Kia CV will sit on Hyundai Motor Group’s new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

Biermann’s comments confirm that the sporty model mentioned in Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP announcement on December 2 was in fact the Kia CV GT. “A high-performance model will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and achieve a maximum speed of 260 km/h,” the announcement stated. The Kia CV GT’s extraordinary performance parameters will be possible due to the new Electric Global Modular Platform underpinning it. The new dedicated EV platform allows using a high-voltage 800 V electrical system.

Kia CV to feature large wraparound dual displays

The Kia CV will come with a plethora of high-end technologies unavailable in current Kia electric cars, and that includes in-cabin features like a dual display setup.

One of the new Kia CV spy shots, courtesy reader Louis Händel, shows two large displays at the front, one being the instrument cluster and the other the infotainment system. The displays would have a high resolution, likely full-HD, clubbed like in luxury cars, positioned on a panel to give the impression of a single seamless screen wrapping around the cockpit. The second spy shot (below) shows the upcoming electric SUV’s boomerang-shaped tail lights.

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The Kia CV spy shots captured by TopElectricSUV reader Louis Händel in a German city.

Louis who emailed these photographs to us, said he spotted the prototype at a parking lot in the German city of Lübeck. We owe a debt of gratitude to Louis for supporting TopElectricSUV with his pictures! Follow him on Instagram @louiscar_account.

Kia CV to ‘outcharge’ the VW ID.4 & Nissan Ariya

The U.S. launch of the Kia CV (project name) has been confirmed for this year. The VW ID.4 and the Nissan Ariya will also enter U.S. showrooms in the course of 2021, but the German and Japanese challengers may not stand a chance with the Korean model in the aspect of vehicle charging, similar to the Porsche Taycan.

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The Kia CV should go on sale in the USA in Fall 2021. Rendering Image Source:

In the case of long-range EVs, 0-80% and 0-100% charging times often become the deciding factors during purchase than the 0-60 mph acceleration time or the top speed. Charging parameters hold a significantly higher weightage compared to performance in the mainstream segments. The VW ID.4 and the Nissan Ariya support charging at 400-volt charging points, and the peak power of their DC on-board charger is 125 kW and 130 kW respectively.

With the company pitching the CV as the halo model for Kia, we’d be surprised if it didn’t come with the best specifications the platform allows. With an 800-volt charging system, it would be possible to charge the CV at 350 kW. Charging the battery to 80% level would be a matter of 18 minutes, and it would also be possible to achieve 62 miles of range after just 5 minutes of charging. These would be Porsche Taycan standards of charging parameters and make charging close to fueling experience, something that’s expected to bring the much-awaited breakout in the EV market. The company has said in a corporate presentation that the Kia CV can travel 500 km (assumed in the WLTP cycle) for a complete charge, and we expect an EPA-rated figure of at least around 275 miles.

The Kia CV would have platform mates from Hyundai and Genesis this year – the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis JW. The Ioniq 5 will arrive as the first E-GMP platform model internationally and its pre-order campaign is live in Austria. The Kia CV’s production is said to begin in July, and so, expect it to reach US showrooms this fall.

Kia Electric Car FAQs

Which cars are the Kia CV rivals?

The Kia CV will compete with the Tesla Model Y, VW ID.4, Toyota BZ3X, Nissan Ariya & Subaru Evoltis.

What is the Kia CV release date & range?

The Kia CV will likely launch in the US in Fall 2021. The company has said it can do 500 km/charge (310 miles/charge).

What would be the Kia CV price?

The Kia CV price in the U.S. may start at under $45,000.