Introducing the 2026 Kia EV3 Reveal: A New Era of Electric Crossovers

Kia is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) lineup beyond the EV6 and EV9 with the introduction of the upcoming 2026 Kia EV3. This new subcompact SUV, which will be available in the United States, is expected to address a market in need of more affordable EV options.

At a preview event during Milan Design Week in April, Kia showed off the EV3's base and GT-line models. While not fully production-ready, these models were close to final form and focused primarily on design rather than technical specifications. This 2026 Kia EV3 first look highlighted the vehicle's distinct design language and innovative features.

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Kia introduces the all-electric EV3 compact SUV, set to expand its EV lineup with affordable, modern design options

The EV3 incorporates the distinct design language of the EV9, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, making it comparable in size to the Ford Bronco Sport, though slightly shorter in height. According to Karim Habib, Kia's head of global design, the 2026 Kia EV3 reveal aims to blend a crossover concept with geometric design elements, resulting in a visually robust and modern vehicle.

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The EV3 will be priced between $30,000 and $50,000, offering a range of up to 350 miles

One of the key design features is the vertical headlamps usually found on larger vehicles, giving the EV3 a more substantial appearance. Lower ground clearance than Subaru Crosstrek to optimise aerodynamic efficiency. This design detail was a notable aspect of the 2026 Kia EV3's first look.

The differences between the base and GT-Line models are subtle, primarily in details such as wheels and body panels. The base model features a metal trim along the doors, while the GT-Line uses body-colored panels. The overall design remains contemporary and appealing, especially when viewed from the side, highlighting the extended wheel placement and long doors. These elements were prominently featured in the 2026 Kia EV3 reveal.

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Equipped with an 81.4 kWh battery, the EV3 supports 128kW charging speed, achieving 10%-80% charge in 30 minutes

Inside, the EV3 offers a spacious cabin with ample headroom and flat floors, despite a raised passenger floor to accommodate battery and electronic components. It includes a 30-inch driver information cluster and infotainment screen, physical controls for volume and climate, and a functional front center console with multiple storage options. The vehicle also supports Vehicle to Load (V2L) capabilities, allowing it to power small electrical devices. These interior features were part of the 2026 Kia EV3 first look.

Sustainability is a focus, with no leather used in the interior and materials such as recycled PET and sugar cane-based components. A hidden QR code links to Kia's sustainability website for more details on the eco-friendly materials used. This commitment to sustainability was emphasized during the 2026 Kia EV3 reveal.

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The EV3 measures 169 inches in length and features a 12.3-inch touchscreen, ensuring a compact yet spacious design

The EV3 offers practical storage solutions, including a small front trunk and a rear cargo area with a two-step floor. However, final specifications and features may vary by market. These practical aspects were highlighted in the 2026 Kia EV3 first look.

Built on the Hyundai/Kia E-GMP EV platform, the EV3 features an 81.4-kWh battery and an estimated EPA range of approximately 300 miles. It will be the first to use Kia's i-Pedal 3.0 technology, which enables adjustable regenerative braking for single-pedal driving. These technical innovations were a key part of the 2026 Kia EV3 reveal.

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Deliveries for the 2026 Kia EV3 in the U.S. are expected to start in 2026, bringing advanced EV technology stateside

The EV3 will compete with models like the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but Kia's reputation for quality EVs and the EV3's advanced technology and stylish design give it an edge. The vehicle is expected to be priced between $35,000 and $50,000 in the U.S. and will go on sale in Korea in July, in Europe in late 2024 and in the U.S. after 2025. Kia aims to sell up to 80,000 units in the U.S., supported by North American production to qualify for tax incentives. The competitive positioning was outlined during the 2026 Kia EV3 first look.

For those interested in exploring more about electric compact SUVs, you can read about the best electric compact SUVs. Additionally, for insights into another model in Kia's EV lineup, check out the new 2025 Kia EV6.

Source: KIA

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