Kia New Zealand has announced a nationwide tour of the all-new EV5. A prototype of the midsize SUV will visit every Kia dealership as it makes its way from the north to the south of New Zealand over the course of eight weeks.

To coincide with the EV5 prototype visit, pricing information for Kia’s third dedicated fully electric vehicle has also been revealed.

“The Kia EV5 is a midsize electric SUV that redefines sustainable mobility and will join the EV6 and multi-international award-winning EV9 as part of our zero-emissions model portfolio,” said Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, Todd McDonald.

“The tour is an excellent opportunity for people to see the new model for themselves and appreciate the design as well as understand its versatility and functionality.

“The EV5 is the perfect midsize electric SUV Kiwi families have been waiting for, it’s a no compromise proposition and features a very competitive price position considering the range and that it is laden with new technology.”

The new EV5 will be available from $67,990 and all models will have a driving range in excess of 500km WLTP, says Kia.

From a features and benefits perspective, the new model also showcases a number of ‘Kia Firsts,’ details of which will be revealed closer to on-sale date early in the second half of the year.

Kia New Zealand suggest that of particular appeal is that the new model will launch in New Zealand with the added benefit of an extensive local tuning, engineering and validation programme.

A team of 45 engineers covered almost 25,000km in an EV5 prototype and support vehicles during the first quarter of this year testing vehicle software and hardware, further enhancing the new model’s suitability for Kiwi conditions, according to Kia.

The opportunity to pre-purchase one of the first EV5 to arrive in the country is now open at Kia dealers and, as an added incentive, a special ‘tour offer’ is also available.

Each of the first 100 customers who pre-order an EV5 will receive 10,000km of complimentary Road-User Charges for their new vehicle.

A full list of dealers and dates is available at the Kia New Zealand EV5 website.

  • All-new Kia EV5 available from $67,990*
  • EV5 model portfolio to consist of four trim levels
  • Two-Wheel and All-Wheel Drive options available, all offering range in excess of 500km WLTP
  • A prototype of the new Kia EV5 has embarked on an extensive tour of all Kia dealerships around the country ahead of its mid-year launch
  • Dealers are able to take pre-orders for the new model, with a special offer available to first 100 customers
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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