Kia EV5 Set to Enter Australian Market with Electric SUV Offering

Jacob Brooke
April 4, 2024
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Kia Australia has announced the introduction of the Kia EV5, an electric medium SUV, with availability starting from June 2024.

The vehicle, which will initially be available in Air and Earth trims, with a GT-Line variant to follow in the last quarter of the year, marks Kia's first product for the Australian market sourced from China, aiming to address supply challenges.

Following its global introduction at the 2023 Kia EV Day, the pre-production model of the EV5 is now on display in Australia, signaling the near launch of the vehicle.

The EV5 will offer both standard and long-range batteries and will include Front Wheel Drive (Single Motor) and All Wheel Drive (Dual Motor) options, with detailed specifications to be announced.

Produced in Yancheng city, Jiangsu province, the EV5 is Kia's inaugural right-hand drive vehicle from its Chinese manufacturing facilities.

It introduces the N3 eK platform, distinct from the EV6 & EV9’s E-GMP platforms, and features a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, aimed at enhancing efficiency.

According to Damien Meredith, CEO of Kia Australia, the decision to source the EV5 from China is intended to facilitate earlier market entry and improve monthly supply to approximately 850 units.

This approach is part of Kia's broader strategy to increase its electric vehicle portfolio in Australia.

The EV5's development has involved efforts to ensure it meets Australian road and safety standards, with a target of achieving a 5-Star ANCAP rating.

The vehicle has undergone local Ride & Handling Program assessments to fine-tune its performance for Australian roads, including urban and country environments, and has been calibrated with advanced driver assistance systems suitable for local conditions.

The company has also conducted testing to ensure the EV5 is compatible with Australia’s public charging infrastructure, particularly in Greater Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory.

Kia plans to release full details on the EV5’s specifications, features, and pricing closer to its launch date.

Jacob Brooke
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