Kia Gears Up for Electric Future in India with Three New EVs

Kia EV9

Kia is making a big push towards electric vehicles (EVs) in India. The South Korean carmaker has announced three new models to hit the Indian roads in the coming years. These include the EV9, a powerful flagship SUV, the Clavis EV, an all-electric version of an upcoming SUV, and the Carens EV, a practical electric MPV. With a range of choices catering to both performance and affordability, Kia is poised to become a major player in India’s growing electric vehicle market.

Kia EV9: A Powerful Flagship Arrives in 2024

Following the success of the EV6, Kia is set to launch its flagship EV, the EV9, in India by the end of 2024. This award-winning seven-seater SUV is built on the cutting-edge E-GMP platform, shared with other Kia and Hyundai electric cars. The EV9 stays true to its concept design and boasts impressive features like 21-inch wheels (top trim) and a choice of single or dual electric motors. Kia is expected to offer two battery pack options: a 99.8 kWh version and a potentially more affordable 76.1 kWh version (currently offered only abroad in rear-wheel-drive models). The high-performance variant promises a thrilling 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 5.3 seconds and a WLTP range of up to 541 km.

Kia Clavis EV: An Affordable Electric Option in 2025

Kia is currently testing both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric versions of the Clavis SUV in India and Korea. The Clavis ICE is expected to debut globally in early 2025, followed by its launch in India. Meanwhile, the zero-emission Clavis EV will arrive in the second half of 2025. Codenamed AY, the Clavis ICE will slot above the Sonet in Kia’s lineup. Interestingly, the Clavis EV is expected to be Kia’s most affordable electric offering in India. It will have distinct visual features compared to its gasoline counterpart and is likely to compete with the Tata Punch EV and entry-level Tata Nexon EV.

Kia Carens EV: A Practical Electric MPV for the Future

The gasoline-powered Carens MPV helped revive the segment’s popularity in India. Building on this success, Kia plans to introduce the Carens EV, which could become the first mass-market electric seven-seater MPV from a major automaker. This practical offering is expected to boast a driving range of around 450-500 km, making it an attractive option for families seeking an eco-friendly MPV.

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