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Kia EV5 SUV revealed

Kia has revealed the EV5 SUV, which looks very much like a smaller EV9, and there are likely to be three models in the UK: standard, long-range, and long-range AWD.

Based on Chinese specifications, the standard model, with a 64kWh battery pack and a 160kW electric motor, is expected to have a driving range of 328 miles according to the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC). 

The long-range model, featuring an 88kWh battery and the same 160kW electric motor, aims to achieve a range of 446 miles – again based on the CLTC.

The EV5 long-range AWD model will have an 88kWh battery pack with a front-wheel 160kW motor and a rear-wheel 70kW motor giving a combined output of 230kW. Kia is targeting a driving range of 403 miles based on the CLTC.

A heat pump will aim to ensure that cabin heating has a minimal impact on the battery range in cold weather, and regenerative braking and an i-Pedal system will capture more energy from braking.

The EV5 offers ultra-rapid charging capability, allowing the battery to be charged from 30% to 80% in just 27 minutes.

Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) functions are included. V2L enables the battery to supply power to external electronic devices, and Kia says that V2G will be rolled out in regions where the necessary infrastructure exists, enabling the EV5 to send energy back to the grid.

Like the exterior, the EV5’s interior is similar to that of the larger EV9, based around a ‘lounge’ concept, with few physical buttons, a ‘Panoramic Wide Display’, and an optional Head Up Display.

The second row of seats can fold fully flat, there’s a food refrigerator/warmer, and a  ‘Multi Table luggage board’ can be transformed into a table – all of which makes the EV5 ideal as a camping companion.

As well as the EV5, Kia is due to launch the smaller EV3 SUV.

If you want a saloon rather than an SUV, then the Kia EV4 is also on its way.

Building on Kia’s recent era of ‘design-led transformation’, the brand’s goal is to achieve an annual sales target of one million electric vehicles by 2026, increasing to 1.6 million units per year by 2030.