In January, Kia released individual teasers of dedicated EVs it plans to introduce by 2027. The Korean brand is working on seven such models, including SUVs and sedans and has confirmed that these will be named ‘EV1’ to ‘EV9’. The Kia EV6 unveiled on March 15 was the first of the dedicated Kia electric cars.
Of particular interest are three crossover/SUV models, enhanced teasers, pictured in the gallery. From top to bottom, according to Karim Habib, Head of Kia Global Design are, “a powerful and dynamic crossover,” “a fun and practical commuter,” and “a strong and bold SUV”. These models should be the recently-revealed Kia EV6 (also shown in the featured image), the next-gen Kia Soul EV, and a large Kia SUV belonging to the segment of the Hyundai Ioniq 7.
The Kia “fun and practical commuter” features a silhouette very similar to that of the e-Soul, sporting the model’s distinctive C-pillar garnish. The “strong and bold SUV” is designed to look like a conventional or frame SUV, and it goes without saying that it would be three-row model. Wouldn’t surprise us if it turns out as the Sorento’s all-electric cousin.
Six of the seven dedicated EVs coming by 2025
In September last year, Hyundai Motor Group announced plans to launch seven dedicated Kia EVs by 2027. According to an official document that TopElectricSUV accessed recently, six of the dedicated Kia electric cars will arrive by 2025.
The six dedicated electric cars would expand Kia’s EV portfolio to eleven models by 2025, as it was announced in Kia’s ‘Plan S’ mid- to long-term strategy at the beginning of 2020. The company expects EVs to account for 12.3% of its sales by 2025. The five remaining EVs would be derivative models and include a next-gen Kia Niro EV, and the first-ever Kia Seltos EV (new Kia KX3 EV).
Dedicated Kia electric cars to get a new nomenclature
New trademark applications at the Korea Intellectual Property Office at the end of last year indicated that the seven dedicated Kia EVs scheduled for release between 2021 and 2017 could be given alphanumerical names. Prior to the EV6 release, Kia confirmed the nomenclature of these models.
Kia had filed trademark applications for ‘Kia EK’, ‘Kia IK’ and ‘Kia EV’ name series, with a number between 1 to 9 at the suffix. The Kia EV name series in these trademark applications, for instance, is as follows:
- Kia EV1
- Kia EV2
- Kia EV3
- Kia EV4
- Kia EV5
- Kia EV6
- Kia EV7
- Kia EV8
- Kia EV9
“These (dedicated Kia EVs) will simply be named EV1 to EV9,” Karim Habib said at the new Kia brand showcase event in January. Hyundai is also following an alphanumerical nomenclature for its upcoming dedicated EVs (Hyundai Ioniq) that use the E-GMP architecture. In the case of Hyundai, odd numbers are designated exclusively to crossovers.
4 of the 7 ‘dedicated’ Kia electric cars to be crossover SUVs
In the announcement that came in September, HMG released a shodowy teaser of the seven dedicated Kia electric cars that will hit markets across the world by 2027. The picture (exposure heightened) hinted that no less than 4 out of the 7 next-gen Kia electric cars will be crossover SUVs. The three models on the left and the one model on the extreme-right have a high-positioned bonnet and a boxy body large and/or roofline. Some sport a flattish roofline or large windows, which are typical characteristics of high-riding vehicles.
The first dedicated Kia electric car, called Kia EV6, is a new type of crossover. It has been derived from the Kia Imagine concept first seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The concept fused the solid proportions of a muscular SUV with a relatively simple body of a sedan.
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The C-segment Kia EV6 with SUV styling rides on HMG’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). An 800-volt battery system, rapid-charging support, and a 3.5-second 0-100 km/h acceleration time make the Kia EV6 a highly aspirational vehicle. It competes for market share with the likes of the VW ID.5 and Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe, both of which are scheduled for release in 2021. It offers a range (WLTP) of over 510 km (316 miles) and a high-speed charging time (10-80% SoC) of 18 minutes.
In 2024, after the Hyundai Ioniq 7, the Kia EV7 or Kia EV8 large SUV could be deployed. This should be the brand’s biggest electric SUV, offering ample space for up to 7 or 8 people, put on the E-GMP.
Crossovers and SUVs have been in a rally globally, and their popularity would grow exponentially in the EV era. Two reasons support this expectation; the scenario now is such that SUVs and EV technology help each other to thrive.
EV technology is more suited to the SUV body style because of its potential to pack batteries on the floor without eating into cabin space (thanks to the added height of the vehicle) which would mean longer range and addressing the issue of range anxiety. On the other hand, SUVs which have a reputation for poor fuel economy and expensive service bills would benefit from EV technology because of the far lower cost of running and maintenance.
A ‘hidden’ advantage is that the battery pack can be placed flat on the floor of the vehicle which lowers the centre of gravity (in principle) leading to an engaging driver experience. No wonder HMG is bullish on electric crossovers SUVs and has a full lineup in the pipeline.
Dedicated Kia EVs to feature new brand logo
The Kia EV6 is the first electric model to feature the brand’s new logo, the first impression of which was offered by the Kia Imagine concept from which it is derived. Moving forward, every Kia car, including the other dedicated EVs, will bear the new stylish emblem.
Featured Image Source: Kia