Korean and Chinese market specs revealed by Kia
Back in August, Kia showed us the production-ready form of the EV5 electric SUV. However, back then they weren't ready to share what to expect when it comes to the SUV's performance.
But at Kia's EV day event, the manufacturer has finally released specs for the Korean and Chinese markets that will get first dibs on the upcoming electric SUV.
For starters, the EV5 will come in three variants in China: the standard and long-range that comes with front-wheel drive and the range-topping long-range with all-wheel drive.
The standard variant has a 64 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor that puts out 215 PS. The long-range front-wheel drive produces the same power, but comes with a bigger 88 kWh battery. Lastly, the long-range all-wheel drive likewise has an 88 kWh battery, but its twin-motor setup means its total output goes up to 308 PS.
As for the estimated range, the standard EV5 under the CLTC standard estimates a range of 530 kilometers, while the long-range front-wheel drive variant gets up to 720 kilometers. Since the twin motor uses more juice, the long-range AWD model has less range at up to 650 kilometers.
What's of note is that unlike the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and the Kia EV6/EV9, the EV5 only comes with a 400-volt electric architecture despite having the same E-GMP platform. What that means is the EV5 won't charge as quickly as its bigger platform siblings. Kia says on a fast charger, the EV5 can go from 30% to 80% charge in about 27 minutes; a step down from the EV6 which can charge from 10% to 80% in about 18 minutes.
But much like the EV6, Kia has confirmed there will be a high-performance GT variant coming. Details of the EV5 GT shall be revealed at a later date.