In an exciting development for electric vehicle enthusiasts, the Kia EV5, which was previously showcased in static studio photos, has been spotted on the roads of Korea in a video that offers a comprehensive look at the vehicle's design in real-world conditions, sans camouflage. While this version is a pre-production model, it remains remarkably faithful to the concept version, maintaining its striking aesthetic appeal.
One notable difference from the concept version is the presence of 19-inch four-spoke rims, replacing the three-spoke wheels seen on the concept. Additionally, the production model features full-size mirrors instead of the concept's sleek cameras. Despite these minor changes, the overall design continuity between the concept and production versions is evident.
The video not only provides a close-up view of the EV5's exterior but also showcases its progressive turn signals in action. Viewers gain a sense of the EV5's size as it shares the road with other vehicles, highlighting its relatively compact stature when compared to the host.
This compact size aligns with the confirmed specifications of the Kia EV5, which measures 4,615 mm (181.7 inches) in length and boasts a 2,750 mm (108.3 inches) wheelbase. These dimensions position it in the same size category as popular models like the Kia Sportage and the Tesla Model Y.
While the purpose of the vehicle's presence on the road remains somewhat unclear, the video's host refers to it as a pre-production test vehicle. Some panel gaps around the doors and in other areas suggest room for improvement in terms of precision, a detail that Kia is likely to address before the EV5 hits the market.
While powertrain details for most markets have yet to be officially announced by Kia, Chinese buyers will have access to a single-motor variant delivering 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels. It's anticipated that Kia will offer different powertrain options in Korea and other markets to cater to a diverse range of consumer preferences.
The Kia EV5 is slated to go on sale in China later this year, with further information about the Korean version expected in October. More comprehensive details regarding the vehicle's specifications are anticipated to be released at a later date, further adding to the anticipation surrounding this exciting addition to the electric vehicle market.