Kia EV3 Electric SUV: Range, Price, Specs, Release Date

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The South Korean automaker Kia has a brand-new electric compact SUV on the way. The Kia EV3 is the fourth of the brand's EV models, a high-range SUV that slots into Kia’s lineup below the flagship Kia EV9. No starting price has been announced for the EV3 just yet, but it will be considerably cheaper than the EV9, which WIRED rates highly.

The Standard model comes with a 58.3-kilowatt-hour battery, while the Long Range variant has a 81.4-kWh battery that has a range of up to 372 miles (600 kilometers). With a proper high-speed charger, the battery is capable of being filled from 10 percent to 80 percent in 31 minutes. Both motors can accelerate the EV3 from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, though the vehicle maxes out at 105 mph (170 km/h).

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The EV3's roomy interior holds five people. In between the front seats is a massive center console that has a slide-out table in the front, so the driver and passenger can enjoy a meal or study a map together. The console also has storage area beneath it that can fit a couple of small backpacks. There’s a 30-inch screen on the dash that extends a bit over onto the passenger side, so the person riding shotgun can better access the media and A/C controls. Streaming services and video games come preloaded, and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system is situated throughout the whole car.

All of the software is built on Kia's webOS-powered system, which was developed in partnership with LG. We first got a look at this operating system earlier this year on the EV9, and it looks to be a big improvement over Kia's older software system.

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