Kia’s upcoming electric crossover, the EV4, has been spotted testing in the US. The EV4 is expected to be Kia’s entry-level subcompact electric crossover, with prices starting under $30,000. The design of the EV4 appears to be smaller and boxier compared to Kia’s flagship EV9 electric SUV and the smaller EV5.
Despite heavy camouflage, the electric crossover features vertically stacked LED headlights, possibly including Kia’s “Star Map” DRLs. It is expected to incorporate elements from Kia’s new “Opposites United” design theme, such as a full-length LED light bar in the rear and an updated Kia logo.
Industry rumors suggest that the EV4 will ride on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, which is used for all-electric Kia and Hyundai models. However, there is speculation that Kia may opt for a 400V platform to reduce costs. Kia’s vice president of marketing and product in Europe, Sjoerd Knipping, has mentioned the possibility of using their 400V technology in certain market segments.
There is a possibility that Kia will offer two versions of the EV4: a cheaper model with a 400V platform and a more expensive version with an 800V platform. The EV4’s interior is expected to feature a digital cockpit with dual screens, similar to the EV5.
The fact that the EV4 has been spotted testing in the US raises questions about whether it will replace the EV5 as Kia’s first electric vehicle built in China. More details about the EV4 are expected to be revealed later this year or early 2024.
Source: The Korean Car Blog / AutoExpress