Kia’s New EV4 Electric Car Spotted Testing Ahead of Debut

Kia has been making significant strides in the electric vehicle market with the recent unveilings of its flagship EV9 electric SUV and smaller EV5 crossover. Now, another electric model, the Kia EV4, has been spotted testing in South Korea and Europe. The EV4 is expected to be Kia’s entry-level subcompact electric crossover, with starting prices below $30,000.

Despite heavy camouflage, the design cues of the EV4 are starting to emerge. It features a smaller yet boxy design, similar to its larger sibling, the EV9. The electric crossover showcases vertically stacked LED headlights, possibly including Kia’s signature “Star Map” daytime running lights. Additionally, it is anticipated that the EV4 will incorporate elements of Kia’s new “Opposites United” design theme, such as a full-length LED light bar at the rear and an updated Kia logo.

Speculations suggest that the EV4 will utilize Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which is the foundation for all-electric models from Kia and Hyundai. However, there is also the possibility that Kia might opt for a 400V platform to reduce costs. Sjoerd Knipping, vice president of marketing and product at Kia Europe, has mentioned the potential use of 400V technology to serve specific market segments.

Another interesting possibility is that Kia may offer two versions of the EV4: a cheaper model with a 400V platform and a more expensive option with an 800V platform. This could provide buyers with a choice based on their specific requirements and budget.

The fact that the EV4 was spotted testing in the US raises speculation about whether it will serve as a replacement for the electric Soul in overseas markets. Kia has yet to confirm if the EV5 will be sold internationally, as it is the first electric vehicle manufactured by Kia in China.

Inside the EV4, we can expect a digital cockpit with dual screens, similar to the EV5. More details about the Kia EV4 will be revealed when it is officially unveiled later this year or in early 2024.

Source: The Korean Car Blog / AutoExpress