Although the Kia EV5 will initially be sold in China, Kia has confirmed that this new electric model will be available worldwide, with more details to be announced at the Kia EV Day event in October.

True to Kia’s promise, the design of the commercial version closely resembles the concept version that was introduced a few months ago. Upon closer inspection, we can see that the wheels have a futuristic design that is slightly smaller than the 21-inch wheels of the concept version, the side mirrors are larger, and the front bumper has received some minor tweaks.

Overall, the EV5 looks like a smaller version of the EV9, with a more aggressive “tiger face” design. With a length of 4,615 mm and a wheelbase of 2,750 mm, the EV5 has similar dimensions to the Kia Sportage powered by an internal combustion engine and is 135 mm shorter than the Tesla Model Y.

The target customers for the Kia EV5 are young families, which means practicality is a key focus alongside modern design, convenience, and sustainability. Therefore, the interior of the SUV is imagined as a “supplementary living space” for millennial families.

The front passenger seats are more comfortable. The 64-color interior ambient lighting system with adjustable brightness is synchronized with the driving modes and system warnings of the ADAS.

The cabin space is also inspired by the EV9, with a wide and minimalist dashboard like the EV9, as well as a panoramic widescreen display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The four-spoke steering wheel integrates most of the control buttons, while Kia opts for physical buttons for the air conditioning. We can also see dual USB-C ports, wireless charging, and multiple storage compartments. The rear seats can be folded flat to provide ample cargo space.

Like the other members of the Hyundai/Kia electric vehicle family, the EV5 is expected to use the E-GMP platform. The Korean automaker has not announced the specifications of the electric drivetrain at this time. However, based on leaked documents from China, we know that the Kia EV5 for the Chinese market will be equipped with a single electric motor producing 215 horsepower and a maximum torque of 310 Nm, paired with a front-wheel drive system.

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