Kia is Readying a New Affordable EV4 Sedan for the 2025 Model Year

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Several automakers have promised affordable EVs, but so far, none have truly delivered. Tesla’s $25,000 EV appears to have been canceled, and others have struggled with the profitability of more expensive models. Kia’s now jumping into the fray with the EV4, a small electric car it promises will land with a reasonable price and widespread availability.

Kia said the EV4 will arrive in 2025 and noted that it plans to build 70,000 units annually. The car’s starting price is expected to come in at under $35,000, which would make it one of the most affordable electric models in the U.S., assuming it comes here.

The automaker already has an EV4 prototype and is expected to start production in March 2025. There’s no word on specs or performance, but the car will likely have an alternative battery chemistry that costs less to source and produce, though that could come at the expense of a long range estimate. This new-new car joins the also-new EV3, which debuted in Korea a few weeks ago. The EV3 starts at just under $31,000 and could drop lower with incentives. 

Love EVs or hate them, there’s no denying that Kia and Hyundai are on fire in the space. Kia recently rolled out the three-row EV9 in the United States, and Hyundai’s high-performance Ioniq 5 N is an impressively quick vehicle that still offers a decent range and nice interior. Both automakers have not yet been able to meet the requirements for U.S. EV tax credits, but Kia has begun production of the EV9 in Georgia, and Hyundai will follow suit soon.

[Images: Kia]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Jun 26, 2024

    Kia is hitting it out of the park in respect to new vehicle designs. Now, spend some of that effort on the dealership points. Oooff they are so bad. Awful, terrible, bad dealerships.

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    • Jeff Jeff on Jun 28, 2024

      Genesis should look at Lexus as a model to improve their sales and service and should have separate dealerships from Hyundai.

  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Jun 29, 2024

    Kia may need to go one level lower on price to compete with the impending wave of cheap Chinese & Vietnamese EVs. The Asians could pick up the Youngstown plant for a song and dance.

    Consider this the 3rd Asian wave to hit our shores. 🚗🚗🚗

  • Bd2 Probably too late to do anything about it for the launch, but Kia should plan on doing an extensive refresh of the front fascia (the earlier, the better) as the design looks really ungainly.
  • Namesakeone Since I include SUVs and minivans as trucks, I really cannot think of a brand that is truly truckless. MG maybe?
  • Sobhuza Trooper Subaru, they were almost there with the BRAT. --On a lighter note, where the hell is my Cooper Works Mini truck?
  • Mike Evs do suck, though. I mean, they really do.
  • Steve Biro I don’t care what brand but it needs to be a compact two-door with an ICE, traditional parallel hybrid or both. A manual transmission option would be nice but I don’t expect it - especially with a hybrid. Don’t show me an EV.