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Kia EV3 electric SUV globally unveiled

Kia is yet to ascertain whether or not the EV3 will come to India.

Kia has taken the wraps off its all-new all-electric SUV, the EV3. The new Kia EV3 is the latest addition to the brand's born-EV lineup, which consists of the EV5, EV6 and EV9. The EV3 is based on the same E-GMP platform as its siblings, while also carrying forward a similar design language, equipment and tech inside.

Starting off with the design, the Kia EV3's silhouette looks like a scaled-down version of the brand's flagship EV9. The SUV measures 4,300 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,560 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,680 mm.

The front comes with LED lights with horizontal and vertical LED DRLs, which form the brand's signature 'tiger-nose'. The bonnet and the side profile are minimalistic with smooth panels. There is plenty of cladding all around the front and rear of the car, giving it a muscular look. At the rear, the EV3 gets vertical tail lights with a hatchback-style tailgate. The electric SUV also features flush-fitting door handles, wrap-around C-pillars, roof-integrated spoiler and flared wheel arches. In addition to this, the Kia EV3 also features aero-optimised wheels with a distinct design.

Inside, the Kia EV3 features a massive screen with two 12.3-inch displays, one for the digital instrument cluster and the other being the touchscreen infotainment. The dashboard features a mix of physical and haptic buttons all around, horizontal air vents and a two-spoke steering wheel. There is plenty of storage all around the cabin, as well as a central armrest in the front, which can be extended to become a table. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay & Android Auto while also offering access to a number of video streaming platforms and games to view when the car is charging.

Other features include upholstery made from sustainable materials, a 12-inch head-up display, configurable ambient lighting, a personal AI voice assistant, Harman Kardon sound system and an ADAS suite.

The Kia EV3 comes in two trims: Standard & Long Range. The Standard trim gets a 58.3 kWh battery pack, while the Long Range comes with a larger 81.4 kWh battery. Both trims get a front-axle mounted electric motor producing 201 BHP and 283 Nm. The Long Range variant is said to offer 600 km of range (WLTP cycle), fast-charging capability to charge from 10-80% in 31 minutes, and boasts of V2L capabilities.

The Kia EV3 will go on sale in its home market (South Korea) next month and will be introduced in Europe by late 2024. Kia also confirmed that the Asian markets will get the EV3 in 2025, however, they are yet to ascertain whether or not the EV will come to India. Pricing for the EV3 will be between $35,000 - $50,000.

 
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