Kia is working on its first electric vehicle based on a platform designed specifically for battery-electric power, in contrast to the existing Soul and Niro EVs which are based on platforms originally designed for internal-combustion power.
Code-named the CV, the new model is currently doing the rounds in prototype form, with the engineers using a Tesla Model 3 and Jaguar I-Pace for benchmarking. The CV will be a compact crossover SUV, and Kia plans to reveal the first details in March.
Hyundai Motor Group E-GMP platform
What we already know is that the CV is being developed alongside sister models from Hyundai and Genesis, on Hyundai Motor Group's new E-GMP modular EV platform. Kia plans to have 11 EVs in its lineup by 2026, and seven of these will be based on the E-GMP platform and the remainder on modified platforms originally designed for designed for internal-combustion power.
Hyundai's twin to the CV will be called the Ioniq 5. It's due for a reveal later this month. The Genesis version is expected to be called an eGV60, or something along those lines. All vehicles based on the E-GMP platform will have well over 200 miles of range and the ability to charge up to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Imagine by Kia concept
The Imagine by Kia concept from 2019 served as a preview for the CV. It was described as a commuter car that combines elements of an SUV, a sedan and even a sporty coupe, and that's generally what we see here on the prototype. Four doors are present and wedgy elements can be seen throughout.
Look for the CV to start sales in 2021. If given the green light for the United States, expect the new EV to reach dealers as a 2022 model.