By B. O’Hare
Kia has a great record of making solid, reliable cars with great warranties and affordable MSRPs. Recently a slight element of performance has been brought into the mix too with the Stinger GT, but overall Kia remain a brand for those looking for something that’s good value and long lasting as opposed to glamorous and fast.
However, it now appears you can have it all thanks to electrification – the looks, the practicality and the speed – and likely for a relatively affordable price too. Whilst there’s been a lot of hype in recent times around Tesla as well as the German and French brands, Kia has been quietly getting along with things over in South Korea. Yes, the Niro and Soul EVs are selling well, but as a whole they’ve failed to captivate the market. Plus both are based off ICE platforms – not ideal for a thoroughbred EV. So, Kia has been hard at work with a production version of the Futuron Concept (above).
Set to hit the market in 2022, the Futuron will be the first of eleven all-new EVs Kia plans to have on the market by 2025 (the Niro and Soul EVs will likely be discontinued by that point). Leaked documents suggest an insanely fast 2.9 second 0-60 mph time will be possible on a performance variant, whilst the standard model should come with a 310 mile range. Pricing will likely be in ID.4 territory, so think $35-45k.
This should be a seriously competitive option, especially with those stats that make it far superior to any equivalent ICE offering in the sector. Kia’s sister brand Hyundai plans to launch two new EVs in 2022 also – one a production version of the 45 Concept, the other an Ionity successor based off the Prophecy. It’s beginning to become pretty clear South Korea isn’t messing around when it comes to the future of mobility… let us know what you make of the Futuron in the replies section below!