Kia’s new small electric SUV has broken cover just days before its official reveal.

    The Kia EV3 will officially be unveiled on May 23, 2024, but Carwale has published leaked images of the electric SUV in both standard and GT-Line trim.

    It closely resembles the EV3 concept revealed last year by Kia, though there are some detail changes like revised headlight internals and the addition of actual (flush-mounted) door handles.

    As is common with Kia vehicles, standard and GT-Line models feature different front and rear bumper treatments from each other.

    The GT-Line features wheels with a similarly funky squared-off design, but with less in the way of brightwork, while the bumpers also eschew metal-look trim for a more blacked-out look.

    Overall, the EV3 has a clear familial resemblance to the larger EV5 and EV9 SUVs with its vertically oriented headlights and angular tail lights and flared fenders.

    It avoids looking like a shrunken version of either, however, with its more rounded roofline.

    Inside, there’s a resemblance to the concept, but it’s much more conventional looking with actual switchgear and more traditional colour schemes than the show car’s mint green.

    As with the concept, there’s a digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen in one assembly.

    Underneath the latter is a pair of vents, below which sit a single row of switches. The centre console juts out but doesn’t connect with the centre stack.

    The standard EV3 will offer a two-tone blue/grey interior colourway, with the GT-Line featuring a largely black interior with off-white accents. Both appear to have some orange accents.

    While images have leaked ahead of the EV3’s reveal, specifications haven’t.

    We expect the EV3 will feature a single electric motor and front-wheel drive in most grades, though Kia has confirmed all its upcoming EVs will offer a GT variant – suggesting the potential for a dual-motor all-wheel drive GT.

    Lithium iron phosphate batteries may be used, as in the EV5.

    The EV3 could also share its N3 eK platform with its mid-sized sibling, while offering dimensions closer to the combustion-powered Seltos… as well as the hybrid and electric Niro, with which there will be some overlap.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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