What we know so far
Kia has unveiled a new compact electric SUV called the EV3 that borrows its design theme from the all-new EV9 three-row electric crossover. The manufacturer hasn’t confirmed a production version of the EV3 yet, but based on the look of the real-life concept car, we expect an official announcement any day. Kia EV promotes sustainability inside with a center console made of mycelium, a fungi-based material that can be grown in a mould. (No, the production process isn’t called “die-in-die.”) Since Kia has yet to confirm production plans, there are no specific details about the EV3’s drivetrain or driving range but we expect it to use many of the same underpinnings as other electric car models From Kia. They will likely be built on the brand’s 800-volt electric architecture, there will likely be single- and twin-motor versions, and buyers may be offered the option of standard and long-range battery packs. Watch this space for details.
What’s new for 2026?
Kia has yet to officially announce the EV3 as a production vehicle, but with how determined the brand is to grow its EV market share between now and the end of the decade, we expect a production-spec version soon.
Pricing and which one to buy
Given the EV3’s small size, we expect its starting price to be around $30,000, and that it will feature a similar chassis and price tag to the larger EV9 SUV.
Interior, comfort and charging
While we expect the production EV3 to look very similar to the concept on the outside, we think its interior will be significantly different. The concept includes many innovative features that may not be produced in production. The EV3’s dashboard is equipped with a series of air jets instead of traditional HVAC vents. The concept has a fold-up rear seat like the one on the original Honda Fit, which could enable a bike or scooter to sit comfortably inside. The concept’s center console is made of mycelium, a fungi-based material. There’s no indication if this is possible for production. The element most likely to move into production is the extensive use of fabric coverings in the cabin.
As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details about:
- EV drive, power and performance
- Range, charging and battery life
- Real-world fuel economy and MPGe
- Information, entertainment and communication
- Safety and driver assistance features
- Warranty and maintenance coverage