Kia Ray

Motor vehicle
Electric motor50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) (16.4 kWh)
64 kW (87 PS; 86 hp) (35.2 kWh)Transmission
  • 4-speed A4CF0 automatic
  • CVT
Battery16.4 kWh lithium ion battery
35.2 kWh LFP batteryRange138 km (86 mi) (16.4 kWh)
205 km (127 mi) (35.2 kWh)DimensionsWheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)Length3,595 mm (141.5 in)Width1,595 mm (62.8 in)Height1,700–1,710 mm (66.9–67.3 in)Curb weight988–1,110 kg (2,178–2,447 lb)
1,290–1,295 kg (2,844–2,855 lb) (EV)

The Kia Ray (Korean: 기아 레이) is a city car manufactured by Kia exclusively for the South Korean domestic market. Based on the Kia Picanto/Morning, it was specifically developed in compliance with the "light car" (Korean: 경차, romanizedGyeongcha) category that offers tax incentives for cars with exterior dimensions below 3,600 mm (141.7 in) in length and below 1,600 mm (63.0 in) in width.[1]


Only available in the local Korean domestic market, the Kia Ray is equipped with a 998cc gasoline engine which generates 78 PS (57 kW; 77 hp) at 6,400 rpm.

The Ray has a unique door layout; the passenger side of the vehicle has a sliding door for the rear seats, while the driver's side has a swing-out door.[2] The car has a kei car-inspired boxy dimensions. The Ray's interior benefits from the square shape, as it has more space than most cars its size; however, it is only able to seat four people.

Kia Ray EV

The Kia Ray EV was launched in 2011 as Kia's first production battery electric vehicle. It is powered by a 50 kW (67 hp) electric motor, with a 16.4 kWh lithium ion battery that allows an all-electric range of 138 km (86 mi) depending on driving conditions.[3][needs update]

The initial roll out was a limited production of 2,500 units destined for the South Korean government fleets, and scheduled to be deployed in 2012. In May 2013 a fleet of 184 Kia Ray EVs were deployed in Seoul as part of a carsharing service called "Electric Vehicle Sharing” at a rate of US$5 per hour. The service had 15,000 registered customers by May 2013.[4]

An updated Kia Ray EV was launched on September 21, 2023 that features a bigger 35.2 kWh LFP battery with a 64 kW (87 PS; 86 hp) electric motor.

  • Kia Ray EV (front)
    Kia Ray EV (front)
  • Kia Ray EV (rear)
    Kia Ray EV (rear)
  • Right side featuring sliding rear door
    Right side featuring sliding rear door

2017 facelift

The New Ray, which received a facelift, was released on December 13, 2017.[5] The radiator grille in the centre of the existing model was raised to the same height as the headlamp and changed to body colour. Wide honeycomb patterns were also applied to tailgate garnish.

The sudden braking alarm system was applied to all trims, and rollover detection was added to the existing six airbags. It is designed to add four-point colours and license plate LED lamps to loops, outer mirror covers, and radiator grills from three popular body colours, Milky Beige, Clear White, and Aurora Black Pearls.

A single-seater Kia Ray Van was released on February 8, 2022. It operates with a total of two trims, Prestige and Prestige Special. Driver convenience specifications such as a driver's heating wire seat and a driver's seat height adjustment device are added to the Prestige Special.[5]

  • Facelift (front)
    Facelift (front)
  • Facelift (rear)
    Facelift (rear)

2022 facelift

The New Kia Ray, which received a second facelift, was unveiled on August 10, 2022[6] and released on September 1. On the front, Starmap signature lighting and centre garnish are placed horizontally. The bumper has a flat, angular design. The skid plate was applied to the lower part of the bumper. A 15-inch alloy wheel with a geometric shape is applied to the side. On the rear, a rear combination lamp was applied, and Starmap signature lighting was placed on the edge of the rear combination lamp. In addition, an additional non-exposed tailgate handle was applied. A 4.2-inch LCD cluster design was applied to the interior, and a light gray interior was added.[7]

Driver assistance system and convenience features such as Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Warning, ventilated driver's seat, air-purification mode are also applied.

On November 17, 2022, Gravity, the design differentiation model of The New Kia Ray, was added. Gravity is based on Ray's top trim signature and applies new design elements to create a tough-looking exterior. The dark metal front centre garnish and rear tailgate garnish give a solid impression, and black colours are applied to the front and rear skid plates, A-pillars, roof, and exterior mirrors to create a sophisticated atmosphere. On the sides, 15-inch black alloy wheels are applied.

  • Facelift (front)
    Facelift (front)
  • Facelift (rear)
    Facelift (rear)


Year South Korea[8]
2011 4,107
2012 43,891
2013 27,421
2014 30,113
2015 25,985
2016 19,819
2017 20,521
2018 27,021
2019 27,831
2020 28,530
2021 35,956
2022 44,566
2023 50,930


  1. ^ "기아 모닝 레이 | 쉐보레 스파크 2021 경차 혜택?". 프리카톡 (in Korean). 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  2. ^ Sarne, Vernon B. (2019-07-24). "The Kia Ray city car is nice, but can we really afford it?". Visor. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV". Autoblog Green. 2011-12-22. Archived from the original on 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ Eric Loveday (2013-05-06). "South Korea Now Offers Electric Vehicle Rentals With Rollout of 184 Kia Ray EVs". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  5. ^ a b "Korea's first one-seater light car VAN was born... "Surprise" at the price of Ray which disappeared in the passenger seat". 《The JoongAng》. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "2023 Kia Ray Revealed With A Second Facelift In South Korea". Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  7. ^ "2023 Kia Ray EV Previews Its Second Facelift In South Korea". INSIDE EVs. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  8. ^ Kia. "Sales Results | IR Library | Kia Global Brand Site". Kia. Retrieved 2024-02-24.

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