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Kia continues to break new design ground, as seen in these leaked images of its EV5 EV. These are compiled from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology postings and Autohome. The design language, which Kia calls “opposites united,” continues its bold styling as first seen on the EV9. Gone is the former “Tiger Nose,” with its EVs now featuring the “Digital Tiger Face.” Yes, designers are into naming design directions and features, at least at Kia.

We’d call it blocky and bold, with its flatter surfaces and massive wheel surrounds. The interesting fascia folds in at the sides while the front fender surfaces continue forward without any transition. So the fenders and front end almost look like they’re from completely different vehicles. Yet, it all ties together rather well. And it’s great seeing the production version hold true to the 2022 concept based on these Autohome pics.

Which EV segment would the Kia EV5 fall in?

White 2024 Kia EV5 EV SUV image in courtyard
2024 Kia EV5 EV SUV | Autohome

Initially available in China and several other international markets, Kia is mum about its U.S. inclusion. However, with the sales of similar-size EVs like the Tesla Model Y, and in Europe the Volkswagen Id.3 blowing up, it’s likely to be coming here, probably in 2024, as a 2025 model. And while it is slightly smaller than Kia’s EV6, it looks far different, with the EV5’s upright and off-road-like overtures. 

This midsize EV market seems to really hit a sweet spot in the U.S. Think Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V. Now, with EVs moving faster than in years past, the Kia EV5 merging the two is a no-brainer. 

What platform is under the EV5?

White 2024 Kia EV5 EV SUV shot in courtyard
2024 Kia EV5 EV SUV | Autohome

What we know about the EV5 underpinnings, it will feature the same E-GMP platform powering the EV6, but also the Hyundai Ioniq5. According to Electrek, it won’t use its 800V system, instead featuring a smaller 400V arrangement to help keep costs down. Two models will initially be available. Budget versions will have an 82 kWh system with 214 hp, while long-range models will feature around 370 miles range. 

Higher trim production versions will be the focus of Kia’s Chengdu Motor Show in China starting August 25. The Korean Car Blog lists the base price starting at around $40,000, with the higher trim models beginning at around $42,600. Should those prices translate to North American EV5 SUVs, it will be quite a competitive EV. For instance, the Tesla Model Y is around $48,000, or at least it is this week. Who knows what price cuts the company has in store for the Y? 

Silver Kia EV5 EV SUV concept
Kia EV5 EV SUV concept | Kia

Production of the Kia EV5 begins in China soon, as the expectation is for it to land in Chinese dealer showrooms later this year. However, with China’s EV automakers beating each other up with price slashing, it remains to be seen if Kia may already have lower prices in mind. Hey Kia, North America pays more for its EVs, so bring the EV5 here.