Kia has released individual teasers of dedicated EVs set to arrive by 2027. The Korean brand is working on seven such models, including SUVs and MPVs. The company has also confirmed that these will be named ‘EV1’ to ‘EV9’.
Of particular interest are three crossover/SUV models, pictured in the gallery below. From left to right, according to Karim Habib, Head of Kia Global Design, “a powerful and dynamic crossover”, “a fun and practical commuter,” and “a strong and bold SUV”. These models should be the Kia CV (also shown in the featured image), the next-gen Kia Soul EV, and a large Kia SUV belonging to the segment as the Hyundai Ioniq 7.
The Kia “fun and practical commuter” features a silhouette very similar to that of the Kia Soul, sporting the model’s distinctive C-pillar garnish. The “strong and bold SUV” is designed to look like a conventional tough 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.
The largest Kia dedicated SUV cannot be the next-gen Kia Mohave. We doubt there’s any plan to convert the Mohave from an old-school ladder-frame SUV into an E-GMP-based electric SUV. Automakers are retaining the original recipes of the large, tough SUVs as ICE-powered and ladder-frame-based vehicles, as a lack of either would defy them of their true purpose. Toyota, for example, is keeping its Prado and Land Cruiser Prado, ladder-frame-based and ICE-powered for the next generation though it plans electrification in the form of a hybrid.
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, expanding its EV line-up to eleven models by 2025 was announced as part of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ mid- to long-term strategy. The company expects EVs to account for 12.3% of its sales by 2025. The remaining five EVs would be derivative models and should include a next-gen Kia Niro EV, a next-gen Kia Soul EV and the first-ever Kia Seltos 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. Now, Kia has confirmed the names 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,” Habib said at the new Kia brand showcase event yesterday. Hyundai is also following an alphanumerical nomenclature for its upcoming dedicated EVs (Hyundai Ioniq) that are put on the E-GMP architecture.
4 of the 7 ‘dedicated’ Kia electric cars to be crossover SUVs
Along with the announcement in September last year, HMG released a teaser of the seven dedicated Kia electric cars that will hit markets across the world by 2027. This 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.
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The first dedicated Kia electric car that is due in 2021 and codenamed ‘Kia CV’ would be a new type of crossover. The Kia CV would be 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.
The C-segment Kia Imagine concept’s production model with SUV styling will ride on HMG’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). An 800-volt battery system, 350 kW fast charging support and a sub-3 second 0-100 km/h acceleration time would make the Kia CV a highly aspirational vehicle. It would compete for market share with the likes of the VW ID.5 and Skoda Enyaq GT iV (name TBA), both of which are scheduled for release in 2021. It will have a range of over 500 km and a high-speed charging time of under 20 minutes.
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Crossovers and SUVs have been in a rally globally, and their popularity is likely to grow exponentially in the EV era. There are two reasons to support this expectation; the scenario now is such that SUVs and EV technology can help each other to thrive.
EV technology is more suited to this body style because of its potential to pack more batteries (thanks to the added height of the vehicle) which would mean longer range and no 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 improved handling compared to a ICE-powered SUV. No wonder HMG is bullish on electric crossovers SUVs and has a full lineup in development.
First dedicated Kia EV to feature new brand logo
The Kia CV will be the first global Kia model to feature the brand’s new logo, the first impression of which was offered by the Kia Imagine concept from it will be derived.
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