6 of the 7 ‘dedicated’ Kia electric cars to be launched by 2025 [Update]

Update: ‘Kia EV9 Concept unveiled at LA Auto Show’ section added.

In January 2021, Kia released individual teasers of a few 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 that debuted last March and now on sale, was the first of the dedicated Kia electric car models.

Of particular interest are two crossover/SUV members, their enhanced teasers, pictured in this story. From top to bottom, according to Karim Habib, Head of Kia Global Design are, “a fun and practical commuter,” and “a strong and bold SUV”. These models should be a crossover that takes after the 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 ‘commuter’ would also signify the EV’s aspirations for the commercial segment.

Kia EV9 Concept unveiled at LA Auto Show

The Kia EV9 Concept, which serves as a precursor to future Kia electric SUVs, was unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November 2021. The EV9 is an indication of what the upcoming electric SUVs from Kia will look like, which draws inspiration from the ‘Bold for Nature’ aspect of Kia’s Opposites United design philosophy. The bonnet is sculpted and muscular, the Tiger nose facade is reinvented for the EV era, and the vertical LED DRLs and a sequential ‘welcome light’ reflect the playful and zero-emission nature of the bold electric SUV.

Kia EV9 concept front three quarters
The EV9 serves as a design and styling preview for future Kia EVs which ride on the E-GMP platform. Image: Kia

The profile of the Kia EV9 Concept underlines the sheer size of the SUV with an almost upright A-pillar, a triangular quarter glass on the D-pillar for the third-row, straight body panels, a floating roof with an integrated spoiler at the rear. The machined 22-inch alloy wheels complement the geometry created by a unique side design pattern. The rear section follows the minimalist approach, but the stylish vertical LED taillamps and sporty silver skid plate on the bumper give it the typical SUV characteristics. 

Interior made from sustainable materials

The EV9 is finished in sustainable materials for the most part, and the same process should be applied to production Kia EVs in the future. The interiors have been made out of sustainable and ecological materials including the flooring made from recycled fishnets, seat fabric out of recycled bottles and recycled wool fibres, and sustainable vegan leather has been used for the interiors.

6/7 dedicated EVs will release by 2025

In September 2020, Hyundai Motor Group announced plans to launch seven dedicated Kia EVs by 2027. According to an official document in the public domain that TopElectricSUV accessed last year, six dedicated Kia electric cars will arrive by 2025.

Kia dedicated EV strategy 2025 roadmap
Future Kia EVs would offer a range of above 300 miles, but not all of them would be based on the E-GMP. Image Source: Kia

The six dedicated electric cars would expand Kia’s EV portfolio to eleven models by 2025, as the company announced in its ‘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 includes the next-gen Kia Niro EV.

Dedicated Kia electric cars get a new nomenclature

New trademark applications at the Korea Intellectual Property Office at the end of 2020 indicated that the seven dedicated Kia EVs scheduled for release between 2021 and 2017 could be given alphanumerical names. 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 2021. Hyundai also follows an alphanumerical nomenclature for 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 car models are crossover SUVs

Dedicated Kia electric cars E-GMP - Kia EV6, Kia EV7 & others
No less than 4 out of the 7 next-gen Kia electric cars will be crossover SUVs. Image Source: Kia

In the announcement that came in September 2020, HMG released a shadowy teaser of the seven dedicated Kia electric cars that will hit markets worldwide by 2027. The picture (exposure heightened) hinted that no less than 4 out of the 7 next-gen Kia electric cars would 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 and/or roofline. Some models sport a flattish roofline or large windows, which are typical characteristics of high-riding vehicles.

The first dedicated Kia electric car, the Kia EV6, is a new type of crossover. Derived from the Kia Imagine concept first seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it fuses the solid proportions of a muscular SUV with a relatively simple body of a sedan.

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 and a new breed of Kia. It competes for market share with the VW ID.5 and Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe, offering a range (WLTP) of over 528 km km (328 miles) and a high-speed charging time (10-80% SoC) of 18 minutes.

More electric SUVs are lined up this decade

Crossovers and SUVs have been in a rally globally, and their popularity will grow exponentially in the EV era. Two reasons support this expectation; the scenario now is that SUVs and EV technology help each other 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 low 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 vehicle’s floor, which lowers the center of gravity (in principle), leading to an engaging driver experience. It’s no wonder that HMG is bullish on electric crossovers SUVs and has a full lineup in the pipeline.

Featured Image Source: Kia