Kia seems llike it doesn’t want to give up on sedans.
This potential EV8 would fill a gap in the brand’s lineup.
Kia EV6, Kia EV9, Kia EV3 and EV4 to come. In short, it’s clear that the manufacturer’s range will be based on this alphanumeric nomenclature. The next to see the light of day could be the EV8. Indeed, according to a report by TheKoreanCarBlog, which had access to a document on the schedule of the next planned models, the project codenamed GT1 internally would be the first model to benefit from the Hyundai group’s new eM platform.
Since the departure of the five-door Stinger sedan, Kia has been without a flagship car. With the uncertain future of the Kia K5, not to mention the Forte, the manufacturer will soon find itself with a range rich in SUVs, but a little less so with the “car” format.
This future EV8 will have a mandate to play in the high-performance sedan segment, thanks to a powertrain estimated at over 600 hp. What about range? According to reports, the EV8 could be capable of driving 500 miles (or just over 800 km).
Production of the top-of-the-range sedan is scheduled to begin in South Korea in 2026. The battery pack is said to have a capacity of 113.2 kWh. It should be pointed out, however, that these range estimates between recharges were calculated using the WLTP cycle, a more optimistic method than that employed by the US EPA.
We can, however, expect a rather hefty price tag for this replacement for the Stinger. The starting price of the recent EV9 hovers around $60,000 Canadian ($54,900 in the U.S.), a hint of what’s in store for buyers of this future EV8.
The good news for consumers aiming for more affordable vehicles is that Kia will first focus on the EV3 (utility vehicle) and EV4 (utility sedan) models, two highly anticipated vehicles in North America.