The design language of the electric two-row SUV is identical to that of the larger EV9.
Kia debuted the production version of the EV5 at the Chengdu Motor Show in China, just over five months after debuting the concept. The SUV is the newest addition to the brand’s expanding lineup of electric vehicles, with a design language comparable to that of the larger 2024 Kia EV9 SUV. Here is what we currently know about this forthcoming SUV.
Despite unveiling the EV5 in time for the festivities in Chengdu, Kia is not yet prepared to provide the public with complete information. The E-GMP platform, which underlies the EV5 and EV9 models, is likely to underpin the SUV. The platform supports both single- and dual-motor powertrain configurations, with outputs spanning between 225 and 577 horsepower. A 800-volt architecture enables high-rate DC fast-charging for batteries ranging in capacity from 58 kWh to 77,4 kWh.
The comprehensive capability of the platform makes it a solid foundation for a compact SUV such as this one, ensuring that there is an EV5 for all types of customers. The SUV’s design surely won’t hinder its ability to sell, as it is nearly identical to the original concept. It is evident that Kia wishes to establish this design language for all of its electric SUVs, as the EV5 resembles the EV9 on a smaller scale. The SUV has conventional erect proportions, but the bodywork is sculpted well. The illumination motif from the EV9 carries over to the rear, which is shaping up to be the car’s hallmark.
Kia had to tone down the interior of the production version of the EV5 SUV, which is unsurprising. The swiveling lounge arrangement has been substituted with two rows of traditional seating. Not to say that the interior is not fashionable; it has an airy appearance and some unique design elements. A pair of large displays serve as your instrument cluster and infotainment system atop the spacious but uncomplicated dashboard.
The 2025 Kia EV5 is scheduled to go on sale in China within a few months, so we won’t have to wait too long for additional information. In fact, Kia has already stated that it intends to showcase the EV5 at the October EV Day event. If the new SUV can match the performance of other Kia EVs, the brand should have no trouble competing against other compact electric SUVs with the EV5.