The Hyundai and Kia Group is accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) strategy, with plans for new models based on the successful e-GMP platform and insights into the development of next-generation vehicles, purportedly revealed through a leaked union production schedule.
Kia's upcoming lineup will kick off with a high-performance successor to the Stinger, internally dubbed GT1 and tentatively named the EV8, although final naming remains unconfirmed.
Expected to be built on the group's next-generation EV architecture, Hyundai had previously previewed the platform as the Integrated Modular Platform (IMA) in mid-2023. However, leaked documents now refer to it simply as the eM platform, with an anticipated debut alongside the new Genesis GV90 in 2025, followed by releases from Hyundai and Kia based on the same architecture.
Specifications for the platform and Kia's Stinger successor were revealed in the leaked document obtained by the Korean Car Blog. Notably, the GT1 is projected to feature a two-motor powertrain generating up to 603 horsepower (450 kW/612 PS), surpassing the output of the EV6 GT, currently the group's most potent model with 577 horsepower (430 kW/585 PS). Other variants of the GT1 are expected to range between 215 horsepower (160 kW/218 PS) and 429 horsepower (320 kW/435 PS).
The GT1 will boast a sizable 113.2 kWh battery pack, outmatching the EV9's 99.8 kWh capacity. According to the leaked document, this configuration is anticipated to grant the GT1 a range of 435 to 497 miles (700-800 km) per charge, a notable feat compared to competitors like the Mercedes EQS, which achieves up to 466 miles (750 km) per charge with a 107.8 kWh battery pack.
Production of the GT1 is scheduled to commence in 2026 at Kia's Hwaseong Plant 3, marking the start of a comprehensive product rollout by the Hyundai Group, beginning with the Genesis GV90 in 2025 and encompassing new offerings from both Kia and Hyundai brands.