Kia has set ambitious targets for its electric vehicle (EV) lineup in India, aiming to achieve 20 percent of its total sales from EVs by 2030. To support this goal, the company plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore in various aspects, including research and development, local EV manufacturing, and infrastructure development in India. This investment will enable Kia to introduce two locally manufactured EVs by 2025, likely including an SUV and an MPV. However, the Kia EV6 will continue to be imported via the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route.
Kia India recently trademarked eight new electric car names, ranging from EV1 (entry-level EV) to EV9 (flagship EV). A prototype of one of these electric models, which resembles the Seltos, has led to speculation that its production version could be introduced as the EV4 in global markets.
In August 2023, Kia globally unveiled the Kia EV5 at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. This electric SUV features a distinctive upright and boxy design, the iconic ‘Tiger Nose’ front grille, robust lower body cladding, and angular alloy wheels inspired by the EV9. Its dimensions include a length of 4,615mm, width of 1,875mm, height of 1,715mm, a wheelbase of 2,750mm, and a weight of 1,870kg. The interior design of the Kia EV5 shares similarities with the EV9, especially in terms of the dashboard, steering wheel, and infotainment unit. It boasts a wraparound digital panel with an integrated driver display and center touchscreen, along with various tactile buttons.
The Kia EV9, a flagship three-row electric SUV, had its global debut earlier this year. Built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), it offers two battery options: a 76.1kWh battery with the RWD Standard setup and a 99.8kWh battery with the RWD Long-Range and AWD system. The RWD long-range version delivers an impressive range of over 541km (according to WLTP cycle standards). The EV9 is the first Kia model to incorporate the three-step Design Sustainability Strategy and includes a wide range of advanced features and technologies.