Kia’s first affordable EV comes with an AI assistant and an impressive range of 600 kilometers

Despite teasing a slew of new electric models last year, Kia has finally unveiled the production-ready version of its upcoming EV3. It strips a lot of the technology and luxury from the massive and multi-award-winning EV9, but downsizes it into a more compact package that will reportedly cost around $35,000 / £30,000 / AU$55,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

Kia’s flexible E-GMP platform runs on the same basis as the current EV6 and EV9 and means designers have been able to significantly reduce the proportions compared to those vehicles, with the EV3 measuring 4300mm in length, which is slightly shorter than the current Niro from the brand. fashion model.

The compact SUV will be offered in both standard and long-range versions, with the latter capable of covering an impressive distance of 600 km with its 81.4 kWh battery packs. This is more than many of its rivals in the current compact electric crossover class, with examples like the Volvo EX30 covering around 290 miles.

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Naturally, these longer-range models will cost more, but Kia says it’s aiming to achieve the lowest prices by offering a 58.3 kWh variant of the nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) battery – although the target range yet to be confirmed. Both models use a single 150kW electric motor driving the rear axle, delivering the fastest 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds.