2021 Kia CV spied

Kia's first vehicle on the E-GMP electric vehicle architecture will be a rakish crossover that's set to be revealed this year.

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The upcoming Kia CV electric vehicle has been spied testing alongside two related electric crossovers from the Hyundai and Genesis brands.

The CV, Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60 will all use Hyundai’s new E-GMP electric vehicle architecture.

All three are set to be officially revealed this year, though Kia and Genesis have yet to officially confirm their vehicle’s names.

As these photos show, the three E-GMP crossovers each have a distinctive look.

The CV and GV60 are more curvaceous than the razor-sharp Ioniq 5, but the Kia appears more rakish than its upscale cousin despite both having a sloping roofline.

Inside, there’s a large digital instrument cluster and touchscreen that join together to form one large block.

There’s also a dial shifter on the centre console, markedly different in design from the gear selectors found in current Hyundai Motor Group EVs.

If it follows its Ioniq 5 cousin closely, the CV – or whatever it’ll be called – will be roughly as long and wide as a Hyundai Tucson, albeit lower.

Measuring 4630mm long, 1890mm wide and 1600mm tall on a 3000mm wheelbase, the Ioniq 5 is identical in length to the new Tucson and 15mm wider, although the electric car has a lower roofline by 65mm and a 245mm longer wheelbase.

According to leaked specs, the Ioniq 5 will offer up to 550km of all-electric range on the tougher WLTP test with the larger 73kWh battery option, and 450km with the smaller 58kWh battery.

The Ioniq 5 will also offer dual-motor all-wheel drive and a total system output of 230kW of power, good for a 5.2 second sprint to 100km/h.

The rear-wheel drive E-GMP architecture supports motors that’ll propel it to 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds.

Like the Porsche Taycan, the E-GMP platform will make use of an 800V architecture for ultra-rapid charging at up to 350kW.

That makes it good for an 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes, or up to 100km of range in just five minutes connected to the right kind of charger.

The CV will be one of a range of seven all-new, all-electric Kia models set to launch before 2027, which will also include a “high-performance” electric car.

Teased last month, Kia’s EV range will include a slinky sedan, a compact coupe, and what looks like a city-sized hatchback.

Kia is aiming for 25 per cent of its sales volume to come from electrified vehicles by 2029.

By 2025, it hopes EVs to account for 20 per cent of its sales in “advanced markets” like Korea, North America and Europe.

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