June 19
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Kia has expanded its range of electric cars with a subcompact crossover called EV3, reports Autoblog.

The model was previewed by a concept unveiled in October 2023, and little has changed over the past couple of months: it features a futuristic-looking exterior design and a high-tech interior.

one of the biggest changes made to the EV3 during its transition from a concept to a production model is that the rear doors are no longer rear-hinged; they open toward the front. You'll find bigger changes inside, though the overall layout is similar.  The driver faces a round steering wheel and a massive horizontal screen that bundles the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a small climate control system panel, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Kia explains that it aimed to create a living room-like interior to ensure the occupants are comfortable, even when they're waiting for the EV3 to charge. To that end, there's a folding table built into the center console.

Kia packed a tremendous amount of technology into its smallest electric crossover. The vehicle-to-load (V2L) function lets users draw juice from the battery to power external devices such as laptops, coffee machines, and even a small fridge. The infotainment system includes access to a streaming service and several arcade games, and the South Korean brand's AI Assistant technology is available as well.

The Kia EV3 will go on sale in South Korea in July 2024, and in Europe—a little later. 

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