Kia will follow up the impending release of the electric EV6 SUV with a more modest, electric crossover under the name EV4 in Europe, and a bigger electric SUV in the US, as per British media.
The report published on Saturday refers to Kia’s European product boss Sjoerd Knipping, who allegedly disclosed to Auto Express that the South Korean brand needs to “balance” its markets.
This will include the bigger model referred to as “EVx” (that would likely ultimately be called EV7 or EV8) and which would offer a seven-seat capacity and match fellow carmaker Hyundai’s planned Ioniq 7, heading to the US first.
While it would be followed there by the EV4, the more modest model would initially be produced for the European market.
The EV4 will be based on the Hyundai-Kia Group’s E-GMP electric vehicle platform. Its dimensions will be nearer to those of Kia’s impending European-spec fifth-generation Sportage SUV, because of a somewhat more limited wheelbase than the EV6 which is 2,900mm.
The versatile platform’s clever design will boost cabin capacity with less compromises than a fossil-fuelled compromises on account of the absence of engine. Indeed, even with a more limited wheelbase, the EV4 is relied upon to utilize a similar battery technology as the EV6.
In the mid size EV4 SUV, this implies 58kWh and 77.4kWh batteries with a maximum range of somewhat more than 300 miles might be offered.
Dual-motor powertrains are likewise conceived permitting four-wheel-drive capability, however a single-motor variant is additionally expected reducing the entry cost.
The bigger battery should charge from 10% to 80% in only 18 minutes, or give 100km of range in only five minutes, as per the E-GMP setup’s 800-volt electronic architecture and most extreme 350kW rapid-charging rate.
Kia holds nine trademarks for its EV series in Australia from EV1 to EV9.
We expect both the EV4 and EV7 will arrive at the Australian market sooner or later, however in case Kia’s delay of the e-Niro because of absence of EV policy in Australia is anything to pass by it is conceivable Kia’s Australian arm should defer to defer first. We have contacted Kia Australia for input and will update you as often as possible.
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