New Kia EV4 to grow Kia electric range

Added: 26 August 2021

New Kia EV4 to grow Kia electric range

Kia is set to increase its electric vehicle range, with the mid-sized EV4 due for reveal as early as 2022 with sales starting the following year.

Kia will follow its first bespoke electric car, the EV6 crossover, with two ‘EV’ SUV models. According to European product boss Sjoerd Knipping, the Korean brand’s second “EVx” car will be a large SUV targeting the US. But more importantly for us in the UK, it will be followed by a model developed for the European market.

The EV4 will be based on the Hyundai-Kia Group’s E-GMP platform for electric cars. A slightly downsized wheelbase compared with the EV6 (2,900mm) means its dimensions will be closer to those of Kia’s new fifth-generation Sportage SUV.
Clever packaging made possible by the versatile platform will maximise cabin space, with fewer compromises than in a combustion-engined car.

Battery life

The EV4 is likely to make use of the EV6’s battery technology.
That means 58kWh and 77.4kWh could be offered for a maximum range of just over 300 miles in the mid-size EV4 SUV. Expect dual-motor powertrains, too, giving four-wheel-drive capability and potentially up to 321bhp, although a 226bhp single-motor version is also expected to be available, lowering the entry price.

With the E-GMP set-up offering 800-volt electronic architecture and a maximum 350kW rapid-charge rate, the bigger battery should charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes, or take 62 miles of range in only five minutes.

While the E-GMP platform will form the basis of many future Kia EVs, Knipping also outlined that it “won’t serve all segments, in particular some smaller sectors.” He added, “Not all cars need 800V tech, so could we use our 400V tech in places.

The future EV Lineup from Kia

Kia holds trademarks for badges ranging from EV1 to EV9. A large SUV could be branded EV7 or EV8, and it will offer seven-seat capability. It will be followed by a crossover potentially called EV4, sized as a rival for the Volvo C40 and Mercedes EQA; these exclusive images preview this model. Design cues heavily inspired by the EV6 will probably include the headlights and a full-width LED rear light bar, as well as muscular surfacing and Kia’s new logo.

Kia plans to have a line-up of 11 electric cars by 2025; six standalone EVs, with five “derivative” EV models. Knipping says: “We have to work out what is the priority; the sectors where to push EV, and where you can lean on ICE platforms.”

As part of this full-electrification charge from Kia, we’ll likely see the brand’s EV7 or EV8 large SUV next year. Meanwhile, the EV4 could make its debut in 2022 or early the following year, with sales beginning later on in 2023.

Chapelhouse is proud to have 3 Kia Dealerships across the Northwest. You’ll find us in St Helens, Southport and Warrington.


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