Kia is making waves at the LA Auto Show with its latest electric vehicle (EV) concepts and the introduction of the 2025 Sorento hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs. While the EV3 and EV4 remain concept vehicles for now, Kia’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is clearly evident in their design.
The EV3 crossover takes inspiration from the upcoming EV9 three-row electric SUV but offers a smaller, more compact form. Its boxy silhouette channels the iconic design of the Soul, featuring a high, slightly sloping roof. Inside, the EV3 embraces a sci-fi minimalism aesthetic, with a standout “cocoon-like” interior and a steering wheel reminiscent of the Tesla Cybertruck.
On the other hand, the EV4 concept is a sedan that bears a striking resemblance to the already popular EV6 from the front. Kia has taken an eco-conscious approach with the materials used in both the EV3 and EV4, exploring options such as sustainable bioplastics, natural dyes, and recycled cotton.
In addition to these groundbreaking electric concepts, Kia has also unveiled the redesigned 2025 Sorento midsize SUV. The new Sorento boasts a refreshed exterior with boxier and more angular shapes, taking design cues from the Telluride full-size SUV. Inside, the Sorento offers a revamped cabin with an available panoramic curved display that seamlessly connects two 12.3-inch cluster and infotainment screens, similar to the EV9.
While the 2024 Sorento gas engine model will receive the initial refresh, Kia plans to introduce hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions for the 2025 model year, with availability expected “later next year.”
Kia’s showcase at the LA Auto Show highlights the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric mobility while showcasing their bold design language. With these new EV concepts and the upcoming Sorento models, Kia is poised to make a significant impact in the electric vehicle market.
1. Are the EV3 and EV4 vehicles available for purchase?
No, the EV3 and EV4 are currently concept vehicles and not yet available for purchase. Kia is showcasing these models to demonstrate their design and innovation capabilities.
2. What materials are Kia experimenting with in the EV3 and EV4?
Kia is exploring the use of sustainable bioplastics, natural dyes, and recycled cotton in the EV3 and EV4 to prioritize eco-conscious materials.
3. When will the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Sorento be available?
Kia plans to release hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Sorento for the 2025 model year. These models are expected to be available “later next year.”
4. What is the key design inspiration behind the Sorento’s facelift?
The Sorento’s facelift takes inspiration from the Telluride full-size SUV, featuring an upright front hood and squared-off edges that exude a bold and angular aesthetic.
Source: Kia (www.kia.com)