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    Kia EV3 Compact Electric SUV Teased Ahead Of Global Debut

    Kia EV3 Compact Electric SUV – Concept Vs Production Model TeasersWhere dimensions are concerned, Kia EV3 compact electric SUV might be positioned between Sonet and Seltos at around 4.2m lengthWith ambitions to be recognised among the leading electric car manufacturers of the world, Hyundai and Kia have been pushing the envelope for some time now. The duo’s efforts reflect in their born electric portfolio. Newest of the bunch is Kia EV3 which is set to be globally unveiled on May 23rd, 2024. Ahead of that, Kia has officially released teasers to give a glimpse of its upcoming eSUV. Kia EV3 Compact Electric SUV TeasedNot so long ago, Kia officially revealed EV3 and EV4 concepts. While EV3 is an electric SUV, EV4 takes a different route and is a crossover electric sedan-style vehicle. Production-spec EV3 has been teased by Kia for the first time. EV3 is highly likely to make its way to our shores. When launched, it will be positioned below Kia EV6 in brand’s electric portfolio.Kia EV3 TeasersThe EV3’s exterior design is showcased in the teaser images, highlighting its bold, geometric, and robust aspects. The vehicle’s dynamic styling is also emphasized in these images. Kia EV3 boasts boxy rear fenders, tailgate, and signature Star Map lighting contributing to a unique identity.Comparing to the Kia EV3 concept, we can see slightly redesigned LED headlights and DRLs at the front. However, rear seems to have been carried over as they were in the concept. The sculpted body adheres to Kia’s trademark ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy. The same design language can be seen in other Kia cars including their flagship EV9.Kia EV3 TeasersIncorporating innovative technologies, Kia aims to broaden its EV range to include affordable options for the masses and that is where EV3 seems to blend in. Kia has promised a comprehensive range of equipment with EV3. On the inside, we can expect eco-conscious attributes and a similar minimal design theme as EV6.What to expect from Kia EV3?A lot is riding on Kia EV3’s success. Kia aims to deliver an elevated customer experience derived from its flagship models into compact SUV segment where EV3 will fall. Considering that Kia is calling EV3 a ‘compact SUV’, we expect it to be slightly larger than Sonet and slightly smaller than Seltos at around 4.2m length. Think Mahindra XUV400.Kia EV3 TeasersAt this size quotient, we can expect relatively affordable pricing. This way, EV3 is set to accelerate faster transition to EVs and play a crucial role in expanding company’s reputation as an electric car manufacturer for the masses.Kia EV6 will be launched later this year and is expected to go on sale immediately. World premiere is later this month on May 23rd, 2024. We can expect around 150 bhp motor drawing power from a 40 kWh to 45 kWh battery pack promising around 400 km to 500 km range on a single charge.New Kia EV3 Concept New Kia EV3 Concept More

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    Hyundai Electric SUV (Creta EV?) Production Starts End 2024 – Group Plant Capacity To Increase To 15 Lakh

    Hyundai Creta N LineHyundai’s first local EV will be Creta EV, already spotted testing, and production will commence by the end of 2024 at their Chennai plantAhead of its 30th anniversary in 2026, Hyundai Motor India is already coining its 2030 strategy. The slogan for 2030 strategy is ‘Innovator in Mobility and Beyond’. Hyundai’s subsidiary, Kia India, has also overhauled its operations to promote quantitative and qualitative growth through company’s ‘Kia 2.0’ strategy.Hyundai Kia India Plants Capacity To Touch 15 LakhIn that regard, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung visited India to review the company’s mid-to-long-term mobility strategies for the future. This is the first time the Executive Chair has held an overseas town hall meeting outside of South Korea. Also present in the meeting were key executives from Hyundai Motor including Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, and Unsoo Kim, Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India.Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung Visits IndiaThe meeting concluded a manufacturing advance in the rapidly growing Indian automotive market. The aim is to establish an annual production capacity of around 1.5 million vehicles combining both Hyundai and Kia brands in India. A key facilitator of this plan will be expansion of EV lineup and create an EV ecosystem to accelerate customer uptake.The commencement of production at Hyundai’s recently acquired Pune plant (from GM) last year will play a major role in achieving their goals. Company is currently making improvements towards Pune plant and establishing a production hub capable of 2 lakh units annually. Production is estimated to start in second half of 2025.Hyundai India Plant, Chennai. Image for reference.Combining Pune plant’s 2 lakh capacity with Chennai plant’s current production capacity of 8.24 lakh units, Hyundai Motor is looking at an annual production capacity of over 10 lakh (1 million) units. Kia India’s annual production capacity is set to be expanded to 4.31 lakh units by the first half of 2024. Combining Kia’s numbers, Hyundai Motor Group is looking at an annual production capacity of 15 lakh per annum (1.5 million).Hyundai Creta Electric SpiedHyundai Kia local-made EV onslaughtElectric vehicles will play a crucial role in the company’s growth ambitions. Hyundai aims to launch its first locally produced EV in Indian market in 2025. This is likely to be Creta EV which is already spotted testing on multiple occasions. Mass production of its first local electric SUV (Creta EV) will commence by the end of 2024 at Hyundai’s Chennai plant.The company aims to expand EV portfolio to incorporate five new EVs by 2030. The holistic approach by Hyundai Motor India towards EVs will result in expanding EV charging infrastructure by 2030. Not just Hyundai, Kia is keen to make a splash in Indian EV space with their first local EV slated to hit production in 2025 with more to break covers in the future.Kia Clavis SpiedRecently, Hyundai and Kia signed an MoU with Exide, a leading Indian battery company, in a bid to pursue local manufacturing of batteries that will power dedicated EVs for India.Statement from Hyundai Motor IndiaDuring the meeting, Executive Chair Chung said “Hyundai Motor India has been pivotal in driving the growth of the Hyundai Motor Group, having navigated through numerous challenges including the COVID19 pandemic, global economic crises, and supply chain disruptions due to semiconductor shortages. We take pride in consistently securing the second-largest market share in this vibrant market and will continue to elevate Hyundai as a premium brand.“India is among the fastest-growing economies globally, and as this growth continues the strategic importance of Hyundai Motor India will only increase. By leveraging our strong reputation and competitive quality in India, we aim to expand exports to neighbouring countries, making India the global export hub to boost our regional market competitiveness.”Speaking about the company’s electrification strategy, Executive Chair Chung said, “We will develop EVs tailored to the Indian market and expand EV infrastructure in the region. We will lead the next generation of mobility in India, playing a key role in electrification, and we will continue to elevate Hyundai as a premium brand.” More

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    Kia Clavis Electric Spied Testing Ahead Of Launch – Punch EV Rival?

    Kia Clavis EV SpiedTo challenge the top-selling Tata Punch in sub-4-meter segment, Kia can introduce the ICE and EV versions of Clavis simultaneouslyKia Clavis test mules have been spied on road tests multiple times in recent months. It will be Kia’s most affordable SUV for India and is expected to be launched later this year. But that’s not all. Now, an EV version of Clavis has also been spotted in South Korea. It is apparent that Kia is planning a major onslaught to challenge the supremacy of Tata Punch.Kia Clavis EV – What to expect?Clavis ICE versions spotted earlier and this recent EV model are almost identical. The SUV has vertically stacked headlamps and LED DRLs, sculpted bonnet, flush-type door handles and functional roof rails. Even the alloy wheels are the same for both ICE and EV versions. However, this configuration could change with the production model. At rear, the lighting setup has the same vibes as one sees at the front. Overall, Kia Clavis has a compact, boxy profile.Kia Clavis Electric Spied – RearTo achieve a differentiation between the ICE and EV variants, Kia could introduce some minor changes at the front and rear. EV-specific badging will also be there across both exterior and interiors. A distinctive profile for both versions can also be achieved with exclusive colour shades and unique interior theme options.Kia Clavis EV – Key featuresMuch of the equipment list will be common for both ICE and EV versions of Kia Clavis. To engage rival Tata Punch in a close contest, Kia will ensure that Clavis gets a comprehensive range of features. It will include multiple segment-first and best-in-class features. Clavis test mules have revealed the presence of premium equipment such as ADAS, panoramic sunroof, 360° camera, ventilated seats and front parking sensors. These features will be available with the top-spec variants of Clavis.Kia Clavis – Casper Inspired ProfileOther key highlights of Clavis include dual, integrated screens for the infotainment and instrument cluster. This setup will be a close match to that of new Sonet and Seltos. The steering wheel seems familiar to that of Kia EV6. Kia Clavis will have dual-tone fabric upholstery. Interiors seem spacious in the spy shots, although one can get a better idea only after taking a test drive.Kia Clavis Alloy WheelKia Clavis EV – Performance, rangeDetails about the powertrain for Kia Clavis EV are yet to be revealed. However, it is possible that Clavis EV could borrow the powertrain from Hyundai Casper EV. As per estimates, Kia Clavis EV could have a range of around 320 km for the base variant. Kia will focus on features such as advanced regen system and fast charging.Rival Tata Punch EV is available in standard and long-range formats. The standard version has a 25-kWh battery that delivers a range of 315 km. Punch EV long range variant utilizes a 35-kWh battery, with a range of 421 km.Kia Clavis Electric Spied More

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    2024 World Car Awards Current Contenders: Hyundai IONIQ 5 N, Kia EV9

    India-bound Kia EV92024 World Car Awards -Hyundai IONIQ 5 N and Kia EV9 Battle for SupremacyHyundai IONIQ 5 N and Kia EV9 stand as top contenders in the 2024 World Car Awards. Both vehicles have been recognised among the top three finalists in different categories. Electric vehicles (EVs) have witnessed a remarkable shift in perception and acceptance in recent years. And signal a significant transition in the automotive industry. Once considered a niche market, EVs are now embraced as the way forward in the commuter transportation ecosystem.Hyundai IONIQ 5 N: Racing Towards VictoryHyundai Motor’s IONIQ 5 N has earned its place as a finalist for the 2024 World Performance Car. Demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles. Building on the success of its predecessors, the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, which secured triple titles in previous years. IONIQ 5 N represents a new era of high-performance EVs.Hyundai IONIQ 5 NIntroduced in July 2023, IONIQ 5 N embodies Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). And integrates motorsport-bred technologies, setting new standards for electric vehicles. Its nomination recognises Hyundai’s dedication to innovation and excellence in the global automotive industry.Kia EV9: Redefining Excellence in Electric SUVKia EV9 has been selected as a finalist in two prestigious categories: World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle. Kia’s flagship all-electric SUV, EV9 epitomises sleek design, versatility, and advanced EV tech. EV9’s nomination highlights Kia’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking vehicles that cater to the evolving needs of consumers. Boasting a spacious three-row layout and modern design elements, EV9 is a compelling proposition – a blend of style, performance, and sustainability.Electrifying the Auto Industry: Hyundai IONIQ 5 N, Kia EV9Advancements in EV technology, including longer driving ranges, faster charging times, and enhanced performance capabilities makes them more appealing to consumers. Resultantly, traditional automotive manufacturers and new entrants alike are investing heavily in electric vehicle development. A true representation of global trend towards electrification.With each passing year, electric vehicles are solidifying their position as key players in the automotive market. They offer not only environmental benefits but also top-notch performance and driving experiences. Consumers too are becoming more conscious of their carbon footprint and the importance of sustainability. Sales trajectory of electric vehicles points towards continued growth, innovation, and global acceptance.The Future is Electric: 2024 World Car Awards FinalistsThe recognition of both the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N and the Kia EV9 underscores the increasing significance of electric vehicles in the automotive landscape. As finalists in the 2024 World Car Awards, they represent the forefront of innovation and excellence in their respective categories. Governments and policymakers are incentivising the transition to electric vehicles. This is made possible through tax breaks, subsidies, and stringent emissions regulations, further driving their popularity.Winners of the 2024 World Car Awards will be revealed at a ceremony during the New York International Auto Show on March 27, 2024. A global stage that further solidifies the impact of these remarkable vehicles on the automotive industry. More

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    Kia EV9 Electric SUV Spotted Undisguised In India – Launch Soon

    Kia EV9 Electric SUV SpottedUnderpinned by the E-GMP platform, Kia’s flagship electric SUV EV9 is available in both RWD and e-AWD formatsAfter launching EV6 in 2022, Kia is looking to further expand its EV portfolio. The flagship EV9 electric SUV has been spotted on road tests for the first time in India. Just like the EV6, the EV9 will enter India via the CBU route. Launch price could be around Rs 80 lakh for the base trim.Kia EV9 – Massive street presenceBeing 5,015 mm long, 1,980 mm wide and 1,780 mm tall, Kia EV9 will dwarf most other cars on the road. Wheelbase is 3,100 mm, which ensures roomy interiors and plentiful boot space. The SUV has a bold character, with sculpted panelling all across. Some of the key highlights include cube LED headlamps with Z-shaped DRLs, closed-off grille and prominent bumper.Kia EV9 Electric SUV SpottedSide profile has polygonal wheel arches, sporty 21-inch alloy wheels, thick body cladding, functional roof rails and door-mounted ORVMs with integrated turn signals. At rear, the primary attraction is the star map LED tail lamps. Rear wiper is neatly hidden beneath the rear spoiler, ensuring a clutter free profile.Kia EV9 interiorsKia EV9 offers premium features on the inside such as three zone climate control, heated and ventilated front and second row seats, automatic defog system, electronic rear view mirror with full display, heated steering wheel, regenerative braking paddle shifters and height adjustable smart power tailgate.Kia EV9 Electric SUV SpottedInterior space is highly customizable with 60:40 Split Remote Folding 2nd Row Seats with Headrests and 50:50 Split Remote Folding 3rd Row Seats with Headrests. Second row seats have swivel function, which adds versatility to the interiors. There are intelligently designed storage spaces and USB charging ports for all passengers.[embedded content]Kia EV9 is tech-heavy with features such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, a 12.3-inch driver display screen and a 5.3-inch climate control screen. Other key highlights include digital key, fingerprint recognition, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, USB-C ports, wireless phone charger and OTA updates. A comprehensive range of active and passive safety features including ADAS are available with Kia EV9.Kia EV9 performance, rangeBased on their needs, users can choose from three powertrain options. Base RWD variant is equipped with a 76.1 kWh battery, connected to a 215 hp single electric motor. Range is 230 miles (approx. 370 km). The long-range variant of Kia EV9 has a 99.8 kWh battery, connected to a 201 hp single electric motor. Range is 304 miles (approx. 489 km). Users can also choose the dual-motor variant that delivers 379 hp of max power. Range is 280 miles (approx. 450 km).Kia EV9 comes with both fixed and portable charging options. Fast charging is supported, allowing users to load 154 miles (248 km) in just 15 minutes. With the fast charger, 10% to 80% can be achieved in just 24 minutes. The SUV also has Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability that can be used to charge various tools and equipment.Source More

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    Kia K-Charge introduced Across 1,000 charging stations in India

    Kia K-Charge ServicesK-Charge services are offered via the ‘MyKia’ app, are free for 3 months for Kia customers and can also be availed by non-Kia customersOne of the major concerns of an electric vehicle user is its range. Range anxieties or being caught out of battery power has deterred many a buyer, steering them towards the more tried and tested petrol/diesel powered vehicles. Lack of ample electric charging stations, especially in rural and semi urban areas are a major concern that needs to be tackled prior to the wholehearted acceptance of EVs in the country.Kia India introduces K-Charge Charging Initiative Accessibility for Every EV UserKia India has announced a special charging initiative with K-Charge being offered for users of the EV6 electric vehicle in India. This new K-Charge initiative is being offered across 1000+ charging stations in the country. This initiative will be offered to all Kia customers free of charge for 3 months while non Kia customers can also avail of the services.Kia India’s K-Charge can be accessed via the ‘MyKia’ App and is done by NumoCity Technologies – a leading CMS service provider. It will help to alleviate EV users range anxieties. This facility is also an industry first where it is also being offered to non-Kia users and via Relux Charging Stations in a special tie up for free 3 months charging to Kia EV6 owners.For the K-Charge services, Kia India has partnered with CPOs (Charge Point Operators) – Statiq, Charge Zone, Relux Electric, Lion Charge and E-Fill chargers to expand EV infrastructure. K-Charge offers the following services via the MyKia App. It aids EV users to access a range of EV services, view and locate charging stations through a Made-in-India map service provider – Map My India, check charging slots and locate the closest charging station.New Kia EV6Payments can also be made via the wallet service within the app. K-Charge offers several benefits to customers. Apart from allowing them more confidence in terms of range, the facility also removes the need to rely on external applications thereby enhancing the vehicle ownership experience.Kia India K-Charge ConvenienceThe Kia EV6, is currently the only electric vehicle in the company portfolio as on date even as the EV5 electric SUV has also made its debut in August 2023with an expected launch in January 2025. With the ‘EV for All,’ initiative, Kia India is aiming to achieve annual sales target of one million EVs by 2026. It will take this expansion plan further to target 1.6 million units annually by 2030.The Kia EV6 facelift is also on test, debut of which could take place in early 2024. Though under heavy camouflage, the new EV6 is sure to come in with some feature update which could include dual-tone alloy wheels, new headlight and taillight clusters along with some new exterior colour options. It will, however, continue to draw power via the same 77.4 kWh battery pack mated to electric motors which on the RWD version offers 266 hp power and 350 Nm torque going up to 321 hp and 605 Nm on the AWD version. Claimed range is at 708 kms on full charge.Words from the manufacturerAs stated by Mr. Hardeep Singh Brar, National Head of Sales and Marketing – “K-Charge is not just a convenience initiative for our customers but a step towards making sustainable mobility convenient and accessible for everyone. We strongly believe that the technology transition towards a complete EV future ought to be smooth, and the K-Charge, integrated into the ‘MyKia’ app, is a well-thought-out step in that direction.With this aim, we will continue our efforts towards expanding the charging network through the onboarding of new CPOs in the future. We are confident that seamless, user-friendly solutions like these will play a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in India.” More

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    Kia EV5 Launched In China At Rs 17.30 Lakh – XUV.e8, Harrier EV Rival

    Kia EV5 Launched In ChinaAs part of its plan to make EVs available to everyone, Kia has launched the brand new EV5 mid-size electric SUVKia has aggressive plans for the EV segment at the global scale. It has the blueprint of a dedicated lineup of new electric vehicles, from EV1 to EV9. Some of these like EV6 and EV9 are already on sale. And now, Kia has launched the EV5 in China. EV5 is Kia’s first global strategic model to be introduced in China.Kia EV5 launched in ChinaKia has announced the launch of EV5 at the ongoing 21st China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. EV5 prices start at 149,800 yuan, which is approximately USD 20,800 or Rs 17.30 lakh. The prices are around 10,000 yuan (1,400 USD) lower than the pre-sales prices. Kia had opened pre-sales for EV5 in China earlier this year in August.At that time, starting price was announced at 159,800 yuan (22,100 USD). It makes sense, as China is a safe bet for any EV manufacturer. The country has emerged as the largest electric car market in the world. With leadership in battery production and related technologies, China has witnessed faster adoption of electric vehicles in comparison to other regions of the world.Kia EV5 will play a key role in helping the company achieve its EV goals. Kia has set a target of selling one million electric vehicles per year by 2026. This number will increase to 1.6 million units per annum by the end of this decade. EV5 is affordably priced and is expected to generate significant sales volumes. It will soon be available in other markets as well. EV5 is positioned as a family-oriented SUV, offering an optimal mix of performance, range and hi-tech features.Kia EV5 specs and featuresKia EV5 is underpinned by the E-GMP platform. This is a dedicated EV platform that has spawned several of Kia and Hyundai’s new-gen models. EV5 in China has a 64.2 kWh battery pack that supplies power to a 160-kW motor. The battery pack has LFP chemistry and is supplied by China-based manufacturer BYD. Variants with the 64.2 kWh battery have a certified range of 530 km.EV5 long-range version is equipped with an 88-kWh battery pack. The motor is the same 160 kW unit with both models. Certified range extends to 720 km. Kia has yet to reveal the price for the long-range model. Earlier this year, Kia had also announced a long-range AWD model. However, it is not certain if that variant will be introduced in China. EV5 is fitted with a dedicated heat pump system that reduces the risk of battery-related fire incidents.Kia EV5 has an attractive visual styling and packs in a comprehensive range of features. Interiors follow a minimalistic design language, which enhances the sense of space and comfort. Features that instantly grab one’s attention include the integrated dual screens and the four-spoke steering wheel with a gear lever.Kia EV5 DashboardUsers can feel confident about safety, as EV5 is offering a comprehensive range of features including ADAS. Safety kit includes 7-airbags, L2+ level assisted driving, remote control smart parking and semi-automatic lane changing. More

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    Kia Trademarked EV1 To EV9 In India – EV3 Spotted Testing?

    Kia EV9 – For reference onlyThe trademarks filed in India for Kia’s upcoming EVs start from the smallest EV1 and goes till flagship EV9With rapid electrification across global markets, Kia is busy ramping up its EV portfolio. These new-gen EVs like EV6, EV9 and upcoming EV5 are in addition to other Kia electric cars that share their platform with their ICE-powered counterparts. Some examples include Niro EV and Soul EV. Here in India, Kia currently offers only the EV6 electric SUV.Kia Trademarked EV1 To EV9 In India – Launch confirmed?That said, the South Korean company has trademarked all nine electric vehicles it intends to launch in the future. Of these nine, EV6 has already launched in India and we’re likely to get Kia EV4 which was spotted testing recently. These trademarks from Kia show ‘Protection Granted’ as their status, indicating that there are launch intentions.The flagship EV9 has been launched in a few markets and EV5 has broken covers more recently. EV6 is the first of these vehicles to launch. Based on these vehicles, we can have a certain idea as to where the rest of these cars fall in terms of size. In this sense, Kia EV1 will be the smallest of this lot and could be an electric hatchback.Probably matching size of a Picanto hatchback (3.6m length) sold globally. Picanto is Kia’s counterpart of Hyundai i10, sold as Grand i10 in India. EV2 may be close to Hyundai Exter’s dimensions. We’re talking about around 3.8m to 3.9m in length and a crossover DNA. EV3 might be a bridge between sub 4m and compact-size vehicles.Kia EV1, Kia EV2, Kia EV3, Kia EV4 trademarksHow many will launch in India?We’re talking about a Kia Soul EV sized vehicle with around 4.2m length. This makes EV4 a Seltos-sized EV with around 4.4m length that will be Kia’s counterpart of upcoming Hyundai Creta EV, already been spotted in testing multiple times. As we go higher up Kia’s naming scheme hierarchy, we reach recently unveiled Kia EV5 SUV which measures 4,615 mm in length.Kia EV6 crossover has been out for a long time and measures 4,695 mm in length. However, Kia EV9 is the recently launched flagship and measures 5,015mm in length, similar to Kia Telluride SUV. This leaves Kia EV7 and EV8 in the mystery and one of those is likely to be a mid-size sedan that may be Kia’s counterpart of Inoniq 6 sedan measuring around 4.8m to 4.9m in length.Kia EV3 spotted testing? Or is it Kia EV4?The South Korean brand is testing a new EV that will slot below the recently unveiled EV5. Test mules have been spotted abroad and show a vehicle bearing proportions close to a Seltos and may bear EV4 name when launched. EV3 must be in development already and might boast a similar size as Soul EV. EV4 test mule spotted testing is very different from Soul EV in its construction.Kia EV5, Kia EV7, Kia EV8, Kia EV9 trademarksIn this sense, Soul EV had steeply raked A-pillars along with a squared-off tail section. Kia EV4 (supposedly) test mules show swoopy A-pillars with a more conventional tail section with quite a bit more body behind rear doors than on Soul EV. Reminds us more of a Seltos.Hints of ‘Opposites United’ design language are evident along with Kia EV line signature asymmetrical wheel patterns. Powertrains are likely to be shared with upcoming Hyundai Creta electric, probably based on a new platform and not E-GMP.New Kia EV4 electric SUV vs Seltos More