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High 5! 2024 Kia EV5 electric car officially revealed and it could make life hard for the Toyota bZ4X, Nissan Ariya and VW ID.4

The EV5 has a boxy but modern squared-off design.

After making its debut as a concept car, and following a leak of official pics just a couple of weeks ago, Kia has finally ripped the covers from the production ready version of its latest EV.

Dubbed the EV5, the new model will add to the already available EV6 and the forthcoming EV9, but don’t expect to see the new model in Australia this year.

The EV5 will launch initially in China, where it will be built, before being rolled out to other global markets. While Kia Australia is not saying much for now, expect it to form part of the line-up here eventually.

Kia unveiled the production version this week at the Chengdu motor show, but we have already seen what it looks like after images from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) leaked in mid-August.

The exterior design is very much in keeping with the EV9, with a modern, squared-off look that gives the SUV a rugged vibe.

Kia designers, led by former BMW designer Karim Habib, were inspired by the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy that takes inspiration from nature and modern architecture. It features a modern interpretation of Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, but that’s not called a mask because EVs don’t need a grille.

The bold look is highlighted by the bulging square wheel arches, and the slimline but also square LED head and tail-light design.

Inside, the designers have tried to make it feel more like a lounge room than a car’s interior. Mood lighting with adjustable brightness and up to 64 colour options features, and there appears to be a bench seat on the front seating row.

A flat boot should help with loading items and the cockpit features a similar minimal dual-screen instrument and multimedia set-up as the EV9.

Kia has not revealed any technical details as yet, but it’s believed the EV5 will ride on the same scalable E-GMP platform that forms the basis of the EV6 and EV9, as well as other Hyundai Group products like the Genesis GV60 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6.

The expected dimensions of 4615mm long, 1875mm wide, 1715mm tall and a 2750mm wheelbase puts it in the mix with similarly sized medium SUVs like the coming Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4 and the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X twins.

As previously reported, the Chinese MIIT revealed that the EV5 will use a lithium iron phosphate battery from Chinese giant BYD, and that it will power a 160kW/310Nm electric motor in a front-wheel-drive version that is likely for China.

More information about the global version of the EV5 will be made available at Kia’s upcoming EV Day to be held in Korea in October.

Keep an eye on for more details as they come to hand.