EV5 Concept by Kia preludes upcoming SUV for the Chinese market

It looks like Kia plans to build another all-electric crossover SUV besides the EV6 and EV9.

But unlike the EV6 which looks more like a shooting brake, Kia’s next idea of an electric crossover SUV will look more like the boxy EV9. This is the Kia EV5 concept, and it previews an upcoming dedicated EV crossover from the Korean automaker.

Kia EV5 Concept looks just like a mini EV9 image

Inspired by the brand’s “Opposites United” design philosophy, the EV5 concept is influenced by natural landscapes and man-made architecture according to Karim Habib, Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center.

“The Kia Concept EV5 takes influence from the contrast and complementarity of natural landscapes and man-made architecture. It is designed to inspire our customers on every journey while providing sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions. Created for those who seek inventive new ideas, the SUV brings together emotional form language with innovative, user-focused interior architecture,” shared Habib.

Combining sharp angles, a boxy shape, and flowing curves, the EV5 Concept exudes a progressive form thanks to its unorthodox approach. The front end features the brand’s new “Digital Tiger Face” which serves as a subtle homage to the brand’s tiger-nose grille. The chiseled exterior and sleek crevices also highlight the EV5’s somewhat “brutalist” design. And in case you haven’t noticed it yet, the EV5 is equipped with huge 21-inch alloy wheels.

Kia EV5 Concept looks just like a mini EV9 image

While the exterior of the EV5 is quite busy, the cabin is a different story as it’s softer and has a lounge-like look and feel. This was made possible thanks to a flat floor as the EV5 is an all-electric SUV. But it is perhaps the swivel seats that serve as the main highlight of the concept’s interior.

Just like the EV9, the EV5’s swivel seats allow occupants to relax while on long drives. It is complemented by a large panoramic sunroof that doubles as the vehicle’s solar panel. However, Kia did not say whether the panel is for recharging the vehicle’s batteries or powering the concept’s onboard features.

Kia EV5 Concept looks just like a mini EV9 image

To further highlight the EV5 Concept’s sustainability, Kia made use of materials like plant-based alternatives and upcycled PET bottles. These are used to make the vehicle’s seats, door panels, dashboard, and headliner.

Kia EV5 Concept looks just like a mini EV9 image

The production model of the Kia EV5 will be released for the Chinese market later this year. But will the EV5 be offered outside the PRC? According to Kia, details regarding any future plans for other global markets will be made in due course. With that, all we can do is wait and see if Kia decides to make it available elsewhere.