Kia’s Imagine-based electric SUV to offer Taycan level acceleration [Update]

The Kia CV has been spied in South Korea again. New spy shots of the upcoming Kia electric car posted on Autospy.net reveal its full-width tail lights in the dark. The tail lights are reminiscent of the Mk8 Hyundai Sonata. If we go by spy shots, Hyundai began testing of its first dedicated electric car (designed from the ground-up to be purely electric) only a few days ago.

July 16, 2020 –

Update – Kia Motors’s renewed product offensive in the electric vehicle segment begins with the launch of its next-generation electric car, codenamed the Kia CV, in 2021. Thanks to images from the TheKoreanCarBlog, here’s the production version of the vehicle that has been spotted testing in South Korea.

The Kia CV merges forms of a sedan and a crossover, as the Kia Imagine concept foreshadowed.

June 11, 2020 –

Kia has released information on Phase-2 of the UVO Connect system that will be installed on new models in a staggered fashion. EVW believes the same update would be available to the Kia CV crossover that launches next year.

UVO connect is Kia’s in-car media system and infotainment software that offers features like Android Auto, Navigation, Music streaming, Maintenance and diagnostic tools, Roadside assist and security which are integrated in Kia vehicle’s touchscreen display and also accessible through an Android device or iPhone app. For the 2020 lineup of cars, Kia has updated its UVO connect system with Phase-2 of its features that are added on top of the existing ones available in UVO:

  1. Online Navigation

This feature uses real-time cloud-based traffic data to accurately predict traffic movements. This can be useful for customers who can now plan their journey times and the estimated time of arrival with more accuracy. This is significantly different and better than the traditional traffic prediction tools which only uses its in-car route for planning and traffic levels based on previous data.

  1. Augmented navigation
Kia UVO Connect Phase II

Traditional navigation systems will guide you till the destination you provide and most of the time, that destination is still further away from where you finally need to go. This is due to constraints like the lack of parking spaces or the actual inability of the car to physically reach the place. Kia’s new ‘Last Mile Navigation’ feature continues to provide you navigation even after you park your car by seamlessly transitioning over to the UVO connect app in your smartphone. Once the vehicle is parked, this new feature sends a push notification to the smartphone and continues the guidance using Google Maps navigation to complete your journey on foot. Next Kia gives users an option to engage an augmented reality function or ‘AR Guidance’, which uses the smartphone’s camera and provides turn-by-turn directional arrows using its AR functions.

  1. Transferring profiles between Kia cars

This feature of the UVO update will let customers check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences, at their convenience. When you hop onto your vehicle after someone’s used it, smartphone device pairs to the UVO connect system in the car via the UVO app and customers are synced back to their preferred settings, saving time and making each journey more enjoyable. It also lets Kia owners back-up their in-vehicle UVO settings to the cloud and lets you transfer these settings to a different Kia vehicle.

  1. Range of features to enhance connectivity and usability

To enhance the UVO connect experience further, Kia is developing a ‘Valet Parking Mode’ as part of the Phase-2 update. Customers can monitor their vehicle remotely when someone else drives their car as well as protecting personal data in the system such as navigation locations. This lets them locate the car’s current location, its usage time, distance travelled and the current speed on the UVO App. This will give the owner full control of his vehicle.

Kia will also use its ‘best-in-class’ data providers for its Kia Live Services, giving customers more accurate information. It comes with a host of features like providing traffic information, availability of parking spaces, fuel stations and their pricing and EV charging points to plan journeys in electric Kia vehicles, weather reports and speed camera information in some regions. Together, these features provide all-round support to the user to ensure a pleasant journey.

May 22, 2020 –

Kia Motors Europe has confirmed that its first dedicated electric vehicle will be launched in Europe next year. Built on a unique platform (E-GMP), it says the car boasts of “world-leading” EV technologies and powertrain.

Kia Motors Europe sales electric car forecast 2026

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe says the Old Continent is the focal point for electric vehicle sales (sales of EVs grew this year despite the Coronavirus lockdown) and every year of the last 5 years, the company has reported growing sales of EVs with the e-Niro and e-Soul models.

May 12, 2020 –

Kia Imagine ‘e-GT’ to offer Porsche Taycan-level acceleration

Kia’s all-new electric SUV based on the Imagine concept will be launched next year and a new report suggests that the electric car will offer Porsche Taycan level of performance in its range-topping variant.

In an interaction with Auto Express, Emilio Herrera, COO, Kia Motors Europe has said that Kia Motors is planning a performance variant of the new EV which is known as the Kia CV internally. The performance variant will be able to launch from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds, taking the Imagine into Porsche Taycan territory. The performance-oriented EV is the result of Kia’s partnership with Croatian electric car specialist Rimac. The EV will have the same 800V battery technology offered on the Taycan and will support 350 kW fast-charging.

The new electric SUV will have an unconventional design like the Imagine concept with a high riding body and a fastback styled rear, more of which has been discussed below. This is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be built on the group’s E-GMP platform, which is scalable and can be applied to various body sizes and styles. Other vehicles confirmed on the E-GMP include the Hyundai 45-based EV and the Hyundai Prophecy.

[Source: AutoExpress.co.uk]

April 27, 2020 –

Kia says production Imagine is “something you’ve never seen before”

Steve Kosowski, Kia’s Long-range Strategy, Product Strategy and Mobility Manager, has said that the production version of the Kia Imagine will be something that you’ve never seen before.

The new electric car will be Kia’s first dedicated EV model and is confirmed to be launched by the end of 2021. Mr Kosowski further revealed that the design will bridge the gap between passenger cars and CUVs, taking the benefits of both body types. He reiterated what we already knew – that the car will have a range of around 500 km and a sub-20 minute fast charging time. The new EV is one of the 11 battery EVs Kia has planned to launch by 2025. According to Mr Kosowski, the electric vehicle will have a stunning and dramatic design, and is nothing like we have seen before.

9 April, 2020 –

During a conference call for analysts and domestic institutional investors in early April, Kia Motors announced that it will be launching a new electric car codenamed ‘CV’ that will be built on the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP architecture in 2021. This is the electric car based on the Kia Imagine concept and will be the first Kia model to utilize the group’s new dedicated EV platform. The CV will get a new Kia design identity, a dedicated user interface and will include rapid charging feature. The CV can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 20 minutes and will return a range of up to 500 km in a single charge overcoming the traditional weakness of an electric car.

KIA CV EV based on Kia Imagine Concept details

Kia explains the car as having a “futuristic Crossover outer appearance, breaking the barriers between sedans and SUVs.”

The Kia CV will be sharing the platform with Hyundai’s 45 Pony inspired EV and the Genesis’s JW EV. The e-GMP architecture allows to utilize the floor of the vehicle for different battery capacities and motor layouts and can be used to build various body types around it. The E-GMP is also the foundation of the Hyundai Prophecy concept (which is also going into production) that will inspire future road cars from the ‘H’ brand.

16 January 2020 –

Kia Motors Corporation has announced details of ‘Plan S’ to establish a leadership position in the future automotive industry that includes electric vehicles. Kia has planned to have a line-up of 11 battery electric vehicles by the end of 2025. With this line-up, Kia is targeting to achieve a 6.6% global EV market share and 25% share in the eco-friendly car segment. The company is aiming for 500,000-unit annual EV sales and global sales of 1 million eco-friendly vehicles (excluding China) by 2026.

According to the new plan, Kia will invest a total of US $25 billion by the end of 2025 into its EV business. To popularize EVs, Kia is planning to include EV variants for its existing models and dedicated EV models with different pricing and specification. Kia will also look to make advanced EV markets as its base for electric cars to achieve 20% sales from EVs by 2025.

Last year, Kia Europe COO Emilio Herrera confirmed in an interview that the Kia Imagine EV will be put into production in 2021. The Imagine EV will ride on a new dedicated EV platform that Kia has built along with Hyundai.

Kia Imagine is the first pure electric four-door passenger car from the company and gets a low mounted, induction charged battery pack that powers a compact drivetrain. The Imagine combines the qualities of an SUV, a family saloon and a crossover.

Referring to the production version of the Imagine, Kia said in its release:

Among other features, it will offer a crossover design which blurs the boundaries between passenger and sport utility vehicles, a future-oriented user experience, a single-charge driving range of over 500 kilometers, and sub-20-minute high-speed charging time.

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