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The 2021 Kia Imagine EV has gotten a lot of attention, but it might up being a 2022 model, once it is all said and done. The article below will give you more information about the Kia Imagine concept vehicle, including pricing, configurations, interior, features, EV battery + range, and initial reviews.

Kia Imagine EV Release Date

As of right now the Kia Imagine EV is just a concept car (or imaginary). The actual name of the new Kia EV will likely be different once production occurs, but we don’t know what it is going to be yet. As of now, the Kia Imagine EV release date should be at the end of 2021, as a 2022 model.

Kia Imagine EV Price

The goal of creating a future Kia EV, such as the Imagine by Kia Concept, is to keep the price low and affordable for the masses while helping reduce the impact that automobiles have on the environment. There has been speculation that it costs as little as $35,000, but there is no confirmation on that number yet. We estimate a starting price of around $38,000. Most EVs produced by Hyundai/Kia start in the mid-to-high $30K range. The Hyundai Kona EV starts at about $37,000, whereas the Kia Niro EV begins around $39,000. A recent conversation between Kia’s COO and Automotive News Europe revealed that Kia is not currently capable of launching an EV at $33,500. So, any Kia EV, including the Kia Imagine EV, produced for 2021-2022, will most likely have a price tag higher than $34,000.

Kia Imagine EV Trims & Configurations

The new Kia electric car should come in several trims and configurations, but we don’t know what they are. It could be similar to what’s available with both the Kia Niro and Soul. Most likely, if there are multiple trim levels, these could equate to the driving range (short-range vs. long-range) or the powertrain where one electric powertrain may have more horsepower/torque for a more thrilling ride.

Electric Powertrain & Performance

We don’t know what electric powertrain will be included in the Imagine yet but have only heard rumors about the driving range. It could be similar to the Hyundai Kona EV setup, which has a 201-hp (150kW) output with 258 miles of driving range, or the Kia Niro EV that also outputs 201-hp, but with 239 miles of driving range. Unlike the Niro electric crossover, the Kia Imagine EV has a low-mounted, induction-charged battery pack that powers a compact drivetrain. This makes the Kia Imagine EV a C-segment car, not a crossover.

Kia Imagine EV Range & Battery

At this time, Kia claims that it aims to have a range of 500 miles, which is far longer than anything else produced by the automaker. A 500-mile EV range would also be the longest-ranged EV offered in the States. At the least, we the Kia Imagine EV should have 300 miles of driving range. There could be short-range and long-range models to keep the entry-cost down and make this Kia EV very affordable.

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