A report from Spanish publication motor.es claims that a Kia Sportage EV (Kia e-Sportage) is in the works. The all-electric Kia Sportage would be a derivative of the fifth-gen model (codename: Kia NQ5) that debuts next year.
The Kia e-Niro and the Kia e-Soul are the first Kia electric SUVs on sale currently, but at least 5 more are on the way. As part of the new ‘Plan S’ strategy, the company will launch 7 Kia electric cars based on a dedicated EV platform called E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) by 2027. At least four of these would be SUVs, and the first of them – the US-bound Kia CV – premieres in 2021. While these would be highly sophisticated electric vehicles with high-voltage battery packs, autonomous driving technologies, highly digital interior, rapid charging, etc., the future Kia line-up would include affordable EVs as well.
The next-gen Kia Niro (codename: Kia SG2) is already in the making, and should be available to customers with an all-electric powertrain option. The next-gen Kia e-Niro would be one of the several new affordable Kia EVs coming out by end of 2022. The Kia Sportage EV or Kia e-Sportage could similarly become a mainstream model for customers prioritizing practicality and affordability. This would leave Kia Motors the option to price a similar-class E-GMP platform electric SUV at a premium price. Multiple powertrain options gives consumers the power of choice on their preferred Kia nameplate.
Being a makeshift EV, the rumored Kia e-Sportage could have a design very similar to that of its ICE donor model – the Mk5 Kia Sportage. Then, the most noticeable change could be the exclusion of the radiator grille and a smoother front-end. It’s too early to talk about the specifications, but Kia could be targeting a range of at least 300 miles.
The next-gen Kia Sportage will likely hit the U.S. market as the MY2022 model in late 2021 and the Kia Sportage EV derivate could debut the following year. A Kia Seltos EV is also in the pipeline, but that is a regional model planned for China.
What is the Kia Sportage EV release date?
A Kia Sportage EV is yet to be confirmed, but it could be unveiled in mid-2022.