Kia lowers launch price for the EV5 in China

Kia has officially launched its EV5 on the Chinese market. The EV5 starts there at prices from 149,800 yuan (approximately 19,000 euros). The base price of the compact electric SUV is therefore 10,000 yuan lower at market launch than previously planned. Following the EV6 and EV9, the EV5 presented in October is the third Kia model based on the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP electric platform and is manufactured both in China and in South Korea.

Technically, the base model of the EV5 uses a 160 kW front-wheel drive in combination with a 64 kWh battery (consisting of blade batteries from BYD), which should provide a range of 530 kilometres in the CLTC cycle in China. Above this is a “Long Range” model with an 88 kWh battery for up to 720 kilometres according to CLTC (also with 160 kW on the front axle) as well as an all-wheel drive model with 230 kW and the 88 kWh battery, which achieves 650 CLTC kilometres. Incidentally, the new price for the top model is not yet known.

For South Korea (and presumably the global markets), slightly different technical data was given at the premiere in October – especially for the battery. The 58 kWh version known from the EV6 will probably be used in the base model, while the long-range model will use an 81 kWh battery.

Furthermore, even though the EV5 is based on the E-GMP, it is not built on an 800-volt basis: for price reasons, the EV5 uses a 400-volt variant. Hyundai quoted a charging time of 27 minutes from 30 to 80 per cent for the Chinese version, which is a far cry from the charging performance of its 800-volt brother, the EV6

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