June 16, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Kia Reveals New EV3 for 2025 with Sleek EV9-inspired Design and Cutting-Edge Interior Technology

Kia has broadened its selection of electric vehicles with a compact crossover known as EV3. The model was teased by a concept revealed in October 2023, and there have been minimal changes in recent months: it showcases a modern exterior design and a futuristic interior.

When viewed from the outside, the EV3 takes inspiration from the larger EV9. It boasts a front end without a grille, vertical headlights, and strips of slim LED daytime running lights dubbed Star Map by Kia. Other features linking the EV3 to the EV9 include pronounced wheel arches with black accents, blacked-out pillars giving the roof a floating appearance, and an upright rear end.

The EV3 measures roughly 169 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 61 inches tall. For comparison, it is about three inches shorter, two inches taller, and two inches lower than the gasoline-powered Seltos, and nearly 30 inches shorter than the EV9. Its weight has not been disclosed.

One significant change made to the EV3 during its transition from concept to production is that the rear doors now open towards the front, rather than being rear-hinged. Inside, there are more noticeable changes, though the overall layout remains similar. The driver is faced with a round steering wheel and a large horizontal screen that combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a small climate control panel, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Kia’s aim was to create a cozy interior like a living room to ensure passenger comfort, even during charging breaks. This includes a folding table integrated into the center console.

Internationally, customers can choose between two lithium-ion battery packs. The base model comes with a 58.3-kilowatt-hour battery, while the Long Range variant is equipped with an 81.4-kilowatt-hour battery. Both packs power an electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque. Kia claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 105 mph. The EV3 rides on the E-GMP platform shared with other Kia and Hyundai EVs, offering the potential for dual-motor all-wheel-drive, although no additional drivetrain options have been announced.

The Long Range model is projected to achieve up to 372 miles of driving range, based on the optimistic WLTP testing cycle used in Europe. EPA-derived figures and standard EV3 range have not yet been disclosed. Regenerative braking is standard, and charging from 10% to 80% can take 31 minutes with a 128-kilowatt charger. However, only the Long Range model can charge at 128 kilowatts, with the base model capped at 102 kilowatts.

The EV3 is packed with advanced technology for its size. The vehicle-to-load (V2L) feature allows users to power external devices like laptops, coffee makers, and even a small refrigerator using the battery. The infotainment system includes a streaming service and a selection of arcade games, along with Kia’s AI Assistant technology.

FAQ

When will the Kia EV3 be available for purchase?

The Kia EV3 is set to go on sale in South Korea in July 2024, with a European release following shortly after. American availability has not been confirmed.

Conclusion

The Kia EV3 represents a significant step forward in the brand’s electric vehicle lineup, offering a blend of futuristic design, advanced technology, and impressive performance. With its compact size and ample range, the EV3 is poised to make a splash in the growing electric crossover market.

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