What comes after 6? If you’re Kia, it’s 3, 4 and 5.
The US publication says the EV4 is expected in late 2024, with the EV3 following in mid-2026.
They’re expected to be similarly sized crossovers, with the publication referring to them as subcompact crossovers. This American definition suggests they’ll be around the size of the existing Stonic or Seltos.
It also notes that potentially only one will be offered in the North American market, suggesting one could be a model developed primarily for the European market.
An EV5 sedan will reportedly launch in mid-2025 and potentially supplant the current K5, which in turn replaced the Optima. Declining sedan sales globally could see Kia phase out the K5.
The EV5 would reportedly serve as Kia’s equivalent to the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and share the dedicated E-GMP electric vehicle architecture.
Kia teased a range of electric vehicles on the E-GMP architecture early last year that it said it would launch by 2027.
These included a Sportage-sized crossover, a slinky sedan, a compact coupe, and what appeared to be a city-sized hatchback.
It’s possible the EV3, EV4 and EV5 were among these, though the teasers were so shadowy the vehicles’ shapes and sizes were hard to discern.
Earlier this year, Kia said it would introduce at least two EVs per year starting in 2023, with each model to get a high-performance GT variant.
It also announced it would introduce 14 EVs by 2027; previously, it had said it would launch 11 by 2026.
That effectively confirms a right-hand drive version, in contrast with Kia’s current flagship SUVs – the unibody Telluride and body-on-frame Mohave – which are only available in left-hand drive.
We mightn’t have to wait much longer after Europe for the EV9, either.
“We are negotiating strongly to bring as many [EVs] to our shores as quickly as possible. If we’re lucky enough, there could be another couple next year,” said Kia Australia product boss Roland Rivero earlier this year.
Kia Australia has previously confirmed it’s putting its hand up for any electric model it can get.
The three-row EV9 is, by far, the largest of the upcoming E-GMP-based Kias.
The Concept EV9 measures 2055mm wide, 1790mm tall, and 4930mm long with a 3100mm wheelbase.
This is 80mm wider, 40mm taller, and 50mm shorter than the Hyundai Palisade, and rides a 200mm longer wheelbase.
Its wheelbase is 10mm down, however, on the E-GMP based Hyundai Seven, another three-row electric SUV concept that previews an upcoming model.
The production Ioniq 7 is due in 2024.
Kia says the Concept EV9 can be DC fast-charged at speeds of up to 350kW, which means it can be zapped from 10 to 80 per cent in 20 to 30 minutes.
Although the automaker has yet to release electric powertrain details, Kia did note the Concept EV9 has a range of up to 483km, line ball with the Hyundai Seven.
Carscoops reported last year the six- or seven-seat Ioniq 7 will use a 100kWh battery pack and offer a 230kW dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, which could point to what the EV9 will offer.
Kia has also confirmed it’ll launch two electric pickup trucks by 2027: one a “dedicated electric pickup truck”, the other a “strategic model for emerging markets”.
The latter has been referred to by Kia executives as a “derivative” model, suggesting it’ll also be offered with combustion power.
The “dedicated” model, in contrast, would likely ride the E-GMP architecture.
This architecture supports batteries big enough for upwards of 528km of WLTP range (EV6 Air), and supports motors that’ll propel vehicles to 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds (EV6 GT).
The 800V electric architecture also supports charging at up to 350kW.