The freshly unveiled Kia EV5 has emerged at the Chengdu Motor Show in China, positioned neatly between the recently introduced EV6 and EV9 models. This all-electric compact crossover stands as an electric alternative to the ICE-powered Sportage.
Built on the E-GMP platform, the EV5 takes the form of a compact electric crossover, drawing design cues from its larger counterpart, the EV9. The production model faithfully follows the concept’s lines, exuding a distinctly futuristic aura. The option for wheels as large as 19 inches is available, though the concept originally featured 21-inch wheels.
The front end seamlessly integrates the distinctive Signature Star Map Lighting, crafted by the arrangement of daytime running lights, blending modern aesthetics with Kia’s iconic tiger nose grille. Notably, the side mirrors have been enlarged from the concept’s proportions to ensure optimal visibility. Additionally, Kia has refreshed both the front and rear bumpers.
Positioned as a miniature version of the EV9 but with a bolder flair, the EV5 measures 181.7 inches (4,615 millimeters) in length and boasts a 108.3-inch (2,750-millimeter) wheelbase, closely resembling the dimensions of the internal combustion engine-powered Kia Sportage.
Kia has aimed the EV5 at millennial families in pursuit of an environmentally conscious, spacious, and futuristic vehicle with innovative features. This intention is evident in the cabin, which serves as what Kia refers to as an “additional room” for millennial households. The front passenger seat stretches over the central tunnel, evoking the atmosphere of a lounge couch.
The dashboard echoes the design of its larger sibling, the EV9. A unified panel houses dual displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The four-spoke steering wheel accommodates a majority of the controls, including physical buttons for the air conditioning, bucking the industry trend. The cabin offers dual USB-C ports, a wireless charging pad, and adjustable mood lighting that also functions as a speed limit alert.
As for specifications, Kia has kept those details veiled for now. However, the Ministry of Transport in China has been more forthcoming. The lineup will encompass an entry-level Kia EV5 with a single motor that delivers 215 horsepower (218 PS) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque to the front axle. This variant will be equipped with a lithium iron phosphate battery pack sourced from BYD’s Blade technology, with capacity and range figures still undisclosed.
For customization, buyers can select from nine glossy colors and a matte option, the latter being the Ivory Silver.
The model is slated for an initial release in China during the upcoming fall, followed by launches in other markets. More comprehensive details are anticipated to be unveiled on Kia EV Day in October, which may also provide insights into the EV4 model.