Kia has more or less revealed an all-electric variant of the Cerato small sedan, although Australian buyers are unlikely to get their hands on it anytime soon – if at all.
The Chinese-market K3 EV sedan shown at the Guangzhou motor show this week is mechanically related to the Cerato, which is known as the K3 outside of Australia and some other markets.
Therefore, it is feasible that Kia will eventually sell the K3 EV sedan in other markets, despite its promise that it is “a model released exclusively for the Chinese market”.
Either way, the Chinese-market K3 is somewhat different to the Cerato/K3 sold elsewhere, sporting a unique front-end design with a more prominent ‘tiger nose’ grille and heartbeat-style LED daytime running lights as well as a sleeker bumper.
However, swapping front-end designs is unlikely to preclude the introduction of the K3 EV sedan in more markets, but if it were to global, a Kia Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide it is “not even on the radar” locally.
As reported, Kia Australia is instead looking to introduce the all-electric e-Niro small SUV and Soul EV tallboy hatch, but its plans for a launch early next year were nixed due to strong global demand and tight lithium-ion battery supply, with production slots first allocated to markets with strict government legislation regarding carbon dioxide emissions.
Tellingly, in a press release regarding the K3 EV sedan, Kia said its release in China will “coincide with the nation’s efforts to fight air pollution and adhere to global climate change targets”.
No other details regarding the K3 EV sedan – including its outputs, driving range, charging times and battery size – have been released at this time.