Kia appears to be finally done with EV5 electric SUV foreplay as it has revealed some useful details on the occasion of the annual ‘Kia EV Day’ held in Seoul recently. At the time of publishing this story, the model was neither listed on Kia’s South Korean website nor the availability information was available. But in the meantime, let’s go over some details.
We’re not gonna talk about the design again because we talked about it twice already. Let’s jump straight to the business end. The EV5 will be built on the company’s dedicated EV platform, E-GMP, which is claimed to offer a blend of safety, comfort, performance and driving dynamics. For Chinese and Korean markets, the EV5 will be offered in three variations: standard, long-range, and long-range AWD.
The standard model will be equipped with a 64 kWh battery pack and a 160 kW (217.5 metric hp) motor and is expected to have a driving range of 530 km (329 mi) according to the China Light Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC) standards. The long-range model, featuring an 88 kWh battery and the same 160 kW motor, aims to achieve a range of 720 km (447 mi) per charge. The long-range AWD model will feature a 160 kW front motor and a 70 kW (95 metric hp) rear motor, powered by an 88 kWh battery, with a target range of 650 km (404 mi).
For the Korean market, Kia says that it is still working on variants. However, the following are confirmed. The standard model will have a 58 kWh battery and a 160 kW front motor. The long-range model will feature an 81 kWh battery and the same 160 kW front motor. The long-range AWD model will include an extra 70 kW rear motor, however, the combined output is gonna be 225 kW (306 metric hp) as opposed to 230 kW (313 metric hp) for Chinese, most likely due to that slightly smaller battery pack. The range information is yet to be disclosed.
Inside, the dashboard features a wide panel that houses a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen, but there’s also a 5-inch climate control display nestled in between those two 12.3-inch displays. Throughout the cabin, physical buttons are kept to a minimum. Depending on the market, multiple seating configurations are available; that strange bench-type seat you see at the front is apparently for the Chinese market only. A three-zone climate control system should keep all occupants comfortable.
ADAS include Highway Driving Assist 2, Remote Smart Parking Assist 2, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. Passive safety includes 7 airbags.
Kia said that efforts are being made to enhance energy utilization in the EV5 by incorporating Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) functions.