Kia Seltos EV Is Under Works, Expected To Launch By This Year

by Jatin Chhibber | 22/06/2020
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A leaked document confirms the arrival of Kia Seltos EV. The electric SUV will launch by the end of 2020, and it will be offered in two different trim levels, namely standard-range version and long-range version.

According to a recent report, the Korean automaker Kia is currently working on the electric version of the Seltos. Moreover, it is expected to be launched by the end of this year. All thanks to the Seltos's proportions and overall appeal that it turned out to be a big hit in the Indian market. The story was similar in the international markets as well. Therefore, to revive the same success story in the electric SUV space, Kia is planning to introduce the electrified version of the Seltos. Right now, Kia has no plans to launch the Seltos EV in the Indian market. Initially, the electric SUV will go on sale in the Chinese market only. In China, it is expected to be launched as the new-gen Kia KX3 EV.

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Right now, the automaker has no plans to introduce the Seltos EV in our market

The outgoing Kia KX3 EV is offered with a 45.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack helps the electric motor put out 111 PS of peak power and 285 Nm of peak torque. It also offers a range of 300 km. Moreover, KX3 EV can touch a top speed of 150 kmph and its energy consumption rating is 16.4 kWh/100km. Furthermore, the next-gen KX3 EV is likely to be offered with two different trim levels, namely- standard-range and long-range like the Hyundai Kona. Both of these variants will be offered with the same battery and motor specs as the Kona.

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Currently, the Kia KX3 EV is offered with a 45.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack

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The standard-range Hyundai Kona EV is powered by a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric mill puts out 136 PS of power and 395 Nm of twisting force. It offers a range of 312 km and has an efficiency rating of 13.9 kWh. On the other hand, the long-range Hyundai Kona is propelled by a 64.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and puts out power and torque outputs of 204 PS and 395 Nm. The range and the efficiency rating stand at 482 km and 14.3 kWh/100, respectively. We expect the standard-range new-gen Kia KX3 EV to be offered with the same battery pack as the Hyundai Elantra EV. The China-spec Elantra EV is powered by a 56.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric mill puts out 184 PS and 310 Nm of torque, and it offers 490 km of range.

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