Kia EV5 launches in China at lower than expected price
Kia has officially launched the EV5 in China at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition 2023. The electric vehicle was shown at the Chengdu Motor Show earlier this year and was already available to order in the country, starting at 159,800 yuan (~US$22,162). However, the company has now announced that the EV5 will start at 149,800 yuan (~US$20,775),10,000 yuan (~US$1,387) lower than expected.
The entry-level trim of the Kia EV5 in China offers a 160kW motor and a BYD LFP Blade 64.2 kWh battery for up to 530 km (~329 miles) range. A long-range variant has a larger 88 kWh LFP power pack for an increased range of 720 km (~447 miles) with the same motor. An AWD model is also expected, with dual 160kW front and 70kW rear engines and an 88 kWh battery. The pricing of these two long-range models remains unclear.
Inside the EV5 are three combined screens: a 12.3-in digital instrument cluster, a 5-in climate control panel and a 12.3-in infotainment display. Plus, the EV will have level 2 assisted driving with tools like semi-automated lane changing and intelligent remote control parking. Kia is known for its more generous warranty, with the EV5 covered for five years or 100,000 km (~62,137 miles) in China. The battery, motor and electronic control system have a more extended coverage of eight years or 150,000 km (~93,206 miles). The Kia EV5 is also expected to be sold in Canada, Australia, South Korea and possibly Mexico, with the vehicle hitting the road in 2024.