Kia is launching another electric car in 2021. Internally called “CV,” it is the first of ten more e-models by 2025. Now the Kia CV has been caught doing test laps at the Nürburgring. Previously, the more heavily camouflaged model was on a test tour together with a Tesla Model 3.
Unlike the Kia E-Niro and Kia E-Soul, which are electric variants of internal combustion vehicle concepts, the Kia CV is based on a new platform optimized for electric drive. The E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) is flexibly scalable and designed for plug-in hybrid, hydrogen and pure battery drive. The batteries are housed in the underbody, similar to VW’s Modular Electric Toolkit. In addition to the Kia models, Hyundai vehicles – the first to benefit from the platform is the Hyundai 45.
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There are no further technical details on the Kia CV yet. According to rumors, the battery capacity will start at 64 kWh and enable a range of 500 kilometers. In the basic version, an electric motor acts on the front axle; as a top model, one electric unit could also be installed on each axle. The Kia CV is supposed to be rechargeable in 20 minutes via fast charging. The Koreans are implementing 800-volt technology from project partner Rimac for this. Lower-priced Kia EVs come with 400-volt technology.
Although the prototype still hides the outfit a bit, it is already clear that the model is a crossover. In terms of design, it borrows heavily from the Imagine by Kia study from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and the Futuron from the CIIE import show in Shanghai at the end of 2019.
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Here, Kia has to make concessions to series production. Accordingly, the headlights have a more conventional design. There is also a B-pillar on the standard four-door model. The aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels on the side are eye-catchers. The dimensions of the Kia CV are likely to be based on the China study with a length of 4.85 meters, a height of 1.55 meters and a wheelbase of 3.0 meters.
No, don’t go!
As part of its “Plan S,” Kia is launching eleven electric cars by 2025. The first of these is the Kia “CV”, whose initial technical specifications already make people sit up and take notice. Flexible platform, strong base batteries, good range, fast charging system – all of this combined with the familiar Kia look and the corresponding quality of the Koreans: The result is a veritable competitor for the VW ID.4 and others.