- The Kia Idea EV4 debuted in Korea at Kia’s EV Day occasion.
- Name it a sedan, name it a hatchback, simply do not name it late for dinner.
- We might say it is a fairly secure guess that the EV4 will make its approach to the U.S.
When is a sedan not a sedan? When it is the Kia Idea EV4. Sure, this electrical idea has 4 doorways and the proportions we count on from a sedan—and do not get us mistaken, we’re glad to see this physique model stay related for longer—however Kia claims it is a wholly new sort of sedan. Both method, hey, it is not a crossover!
The Kia Idea EV4 is a part of the automaker’s technique to launch a collection of electrical automobiles throughout a higher swath of the vehicular kingdom. Alongside the Idea EV3 that additionally debuted at Kia’s EV Day occasion in Korea, the EV4 guarantees to interrupt into smaller segments, now that it is unveiled bigger battery-electrics together with the EV5, EV6, and EV9. And whereas practically your entire portfolio consists of crossovers, the EV4 toes the road between sedan and hatchback within the hopes to re-convert some utility-vehicle homeowners who nonetheless need to maximize spaciousness.
Whereas the EV4’s silhouette is not like something we have seen, there are just a few influences we are able to see making their method down from the EV6, which itself rides that fantastic line between hatchback and crossover. That lengthy, sloping nostril (sure, full with a frunk) and closely raked windshield ought to lower by the air fairly properly, but it surely’s the rear finish that actually will get bizarre. Trying just like the love youngster of an EV6 and a Cadillac CT4, the rear glass begins its downward development on the rear wheel and continues on by three zip codes, lastly terminating at a familiarly formed built-in spoiler.
There are some design components that the Idea EV4 shares with its extra diminutive sibling, the blocky Idea EV3. The trim across the wheel wells incorporates all kinds of fascinating angles. That rugged-looking grey stuff additionally creeps its method upward on each bumpers, including selection to some in any other case clear physique traces. The idea’s matte-gold paint is fairly slick, too.
The emphasis on width makes its method inside, the place a comparatively clear cabin structure retains issues feeling good and spacious. A single binnacle rises from the dashboard, however most different components are tucked away—on this case actually, because the local weather controls retract after they aren’t wanted. The pin-style air vents, that are additionally discovered on the EV3, are a singular tackle an oft-ignored a part of the automobile, utilizing particular person jets to vary how the air flows. In case you’re questioning how a lot ambient lighting there may be in right here, the reply is “lots.”
Being an idea, Kia did not carry any type of powertrain specs alongside for the trip, however we do not count on the EV4 to remain within the conceptual realm for lengthy, though the automaker has but to substantiate whether or not or not this slick electrical sedan will come to the U.S. Between the EV9, the EV5, and each the Idea EV3 and Idea EV4, Kia has an entire lot of fascinating stuff coming down the pipeline earlier than the tip of the last decade.
Automobiles are Andrew Krok’s jam, together with boysenberry. After graduating with a level in English from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew lower his enamel writing freelance journal options, and now he has a decade of full-time evaluate expertise below his belt. A Chicagoan by start, he has been a Detroit resident since 2015. Possibly sooner or later he’ll do one thing about that half-finished engineering diploma.