Published on August 28th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Kia EV5 Compact SUV Debuts At Chengdu Motor Show 2023

The Kia EV5 has been fully-revealed. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming compact electric SUV.

Kia has unveiled the all-new EV5 compact SUV, the third of its new electric vehicles based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) following the EV6 and the EV9. If you’re a fan of this compact all-electric vehicle from Kia, you may have to wait. While it’s not officially a China-exclusive model as as hinted at back when it was just a concept vehicle, it’s still a China-first model. Other intended markets have yet to be announced.

Kia EV5 rendering from reveal

About The Kia EV5

The Kia EV5 was shown late last week at the 2023 Chengdu Motor Show. It’s designed for Chinese millennial families with tonnes of flexibility and an attractive design.

Outside, the EV5 features strong, boxy look not unlike the EV9. There isn’t really a grille in place but the ‘Tiger Nose’ shape is hinted at by the overall shape of the headlights and Daytime Running Light pattern which Kia calls ‘Signature Star Map Lighting’. From the side, the D-pillars have been pushed back significantly to signify a more spacious 2nd row of seats and cargo area. Around back, there’s a lowered spoiler for better aerodynamic efficiency and a lower skid plate to make the EV5 look more rugged.

Exterior colour options include:

  • Glossy
    • Snow White Pearl
    • Clear White
    • Starry Night Black
    • Magma Red
    • Ivory Silver
    • Frost Blue
    • Iceberg Green
    • Tide Blue
    • Shale Grey
  • Matte
    • Ivory Silver

Inside, the Kia EV5 was said to be inspired more by a home lounge than a traditional car cabin. There’s mood lighting with 10 levels of adjustment and 64 shades on light strips across the front of the dash and front and rear door trims for a relaxing ambience. The lighting system is also harmonised with the vehicle’s software, subtly alerting the driver when he goes over the speed limit.

Kia has also worked hard on integrating the new generation connected car Navigation & Controls to make it a lot more intuitive and personal. The interior can also be customised with a wide variety of ‘key’ colours and seat patterns including woven and artificial leather options.

Specifications were not officially disclosed, but information from the Chinese government indicates it’s about 4.61m long, 1.91m wide, 1.62m tall with a 2.89m wheelbase. There’s also indications that it will have a maximum range of about 600km.

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