Kia has introduced a concept car on its inaugural ‘EV Day’ to provide a glimpse of its potential upcoming compact SUV, known as the EV3 Concept. This all-electric vehicle is set to join Kia’s growing family of EV models, likely in 2024.
In terms of size, the EV3 Concept is roughly akin to the Kia Sportage but boasts a more robust and aggressive design. Staying consistent with Kia’s recent electric SUVs like the EV9 and EV5, the EV3 follows the brand’s contemporary design language with angular visual elements.
The LED headlights, reminiscent of those found on the EV5, are a highlight, although they lack the light bar that spans the entire width of the hood. The car features substantial, rugged wheel arches, lending it a sturdy appearance, which is balanced by a sleek roofline. The windshield is steeply angled, and the roofline tapers toward the rear of the car. Darkened sections on the rear pillars create a ‘floating’ roof effect, while the rear lights extending along the car’s sides accentuate its width.
Inside, the EV3 Concept embraces a highly minimalist approach, much like the earlier EV9 concept. The oval-shaped steering wheel is positioned in front of a large twin-screen digital infotainment display, with few other physical elements on the fabric-trimmed dashboard. A floating center console separates the driver from the front passenger, and the rear seats can fold upwards cinema-style to accommodate larger items like electric scooters or bicycles, according to Kia. The company also emphasizes the use of recycled and sustainable materials in the interior’s construction.
While specific technical details are yet to be disclosed, it’s likely that the EV3 will share the E-GMP platform with models like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. This platform offers battery options of 58kWh or 77kWh, providing a potential maximum range of over 480 kilometers. The vehicle is expected to offer a choice between single-motor and twin-motor all-wheel drive powertrains.