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NowCar Kia EV3 Reveal

Introducing the New Kia EV3 Electric Compact SUV

Written By, Jordan R

The Kia Corp once announced that it would become the next all-electric automaker in the industry. Even with all the popular modes the automaker is electrifying, like the Sorento Hybrid or Sportage Plug-in Hybrid, there are plenty of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) rolling out. Lately, we’ve seen the Kia EV6 and Kia EV9, and concepts like the Kia EV5 and Kia EV4. The latest to make its official debut is the compact electric SUV, the Kia EV3. It all started with a premier video by Kia on YouTube.

Wow, now that was surely something. Kia is going nuts with new BEVs, and this one takes the cake so far. Powered by a 81.4 kwH battery, the EV3 sounds powerful. We don’t have any specs on horsepower or torque just yet, but Kia claims the EV3 has a Best-in-Class all-electric range (AER) of 350 miles. Underpinning the EV3 is the classic Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and a new 3D undercovering to improve its aerodynamics. To expand the range, Kia has integrated the i-Pedal 3.0 to give consumers the choice to manage the regenerative braking of the EV3. When it comes to recharging, the compact electric SUV can charge in 31 mins from 10-80 percent. Plus, with vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology, consumers can redirect the power to appliances indoors and outdoors.

The exterior design of the EV3 follows some icons of the Kia “Opposites United” design philosophy, all the way down to its 19-inch wheels with a new design. Strong lines give the EV3 a smooth profile with a sloping roofline, asymmetrical wheel arches, a full boot profile, and boxy fender flares. The front fascia comes with vertical headlights that outline the new “Tiger Face”, taillights that curve around the rear, and hatch-style rear glass. It may look a little small, but inside, there is a lot more space and plenty going on.

As soon as the driver enters, they’ll be greeted by a 30-inch widescreen display. The EV3 is made with sustainable materials, and the seats are comfortable and ergonomically-designed for long rides. Throughout the interior, there are plenty of convenient storage compartments, plus the frunk at the front of the car. Boasting a Best-in-Class cargo volume, there is plenty of space for everything an adventurer needs when taking the EV3 on the road. Orange accents and various areas pop up throughout the interior, matched only with ambient mood lighting the consumer can personalize.

Turn the cabin into a lounge with relaxation seat that leans and moves back and a retractable divider/armrest. The new widescreen display is matched with a floating dashboard and steering wheel that makes the cabin feel roomy. When charging up, consumers can relax a little and watch their favorite shows on streaming services apps courtesy of the Kia Connect infotainment system. That’s not all – the Kia Connect Store is finally up and running with plenty of apps consumers can download to really personalize the feel and look of the interior cabin. It’s time to bring our digital lives on the road.

Oh, and let’s talk about the Kia AI assistant. Operating via voice commands, consumers can ask the AI assistant to do simple things like changing the cabin temperature or ask for recommendations to consumers like restaurants, cafes, or other points of interest (POI). Able to provide information, assistance, and perform various tasks, the Kia AI is pretty dang smart, and will get only smarter as over-the-air (OTA) that keeps the software up to date on the latest features and services.

Safety features weren’t discussed too much, but we know the Kia EV3 comes with a new available 12-inch windshield HUD, blind-spot view monitor, and Highway driving assist 2. Oh, and for a personal touch, there’s no need for keys or a key fob. Just show the driver-side door handle your smartphone, and voila!

The EV3 is the new flagship vehicle of Kia and will most likely go global, so expect to see the Kia EV3 in dealership lots in America. We’re not sure when, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it. Be sure to follow along with us and learn more about the Kia EV3 when you follow us on NowCar social media.

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