Here’s a new look at Kia’s next electric vehicle. This time, it’s testing with a Tesla Model 3, which offers a clue to the benchmarks the company is setting for the new EV.
Kia keeps the vehicle under heavy camouflage with a mix of blocky parts to conceal the body shape and a dazzlingly patterned wrap. Up front, the nose arches down and there are oval headlights. The A pillars have a steep rake and lead to a fairly flat roof.
Judging by the shape of the concealed sedan, there’s a slanted rear window but a fairly flat bumper underneath. The rear lights are barely visible under the camouflage. You can see them in the corners just below the window.
When all the cover-up is gone, expect this EV to look a lot like the Kia Imagine concept (gallery above) from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. From the outside, the changes for the production version seem include more conventional headlights and the addition of a B-pillar to support conventional door hinges. The shape of the sedan also looks sharper in these spy photos.
When Kia launched the Imagine concept, the company said its intention was to blur the lines between segments. The vehicle is not quite a crossover, but also has a different shape than a normal five-door hatchback.
While the production model may look like Imagine on the outside, it is likely to be quite different on the inside. The concept had 21 high-resolution displays on the dashboard. The screens on the passenger side were tilted at odd angles that looked sharp but didn’t look very functional.
The powertrain of the production version of the EV is still a mystery. It would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds and offer a range of around 300 miles (483 kilometers).
The Kia EV would debut in 2021. Look for it for the 2022 model year.