Kia EV6: The epitome of Kia’s new design philosophy
Kia gave us a teaser silhouette of its new all-electric EV6 crossover early last week. We knew from the start that the Kia EV6 would embody the automaker’s new styling direction. Based on Hyundai and Kia’s fundamentals for E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), the EV6 marks the beginning of Kia’s attack in the burgeoning EV category.
“As the first dedicated Kia EV, EV6 is a showcase for human-centered, advanced design and electrified energy,” said Karim Habib, senior vice president and head of the Kia Global Design Center. “We firmly believe that EV6 is a compelling and relevant model for the emerging EV market.”
The Kia EV6, unveiled in series, is a sight to behold. Rest assured, Kia’s newest EV6 is unlike any Kia you’ve seen before.
Kia EV6: car or crossover?
It is both. Like the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – the first dedicated electric vehicle to take advantage of the Hyundai Kia E-GMP architecture – the new Kia EV6 is a four-door sedan in SUV cladding without the retro-inspired wedge-scale design of the former. “With the EV6, we wanted to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated high-tech functions for pure and rich volumes while offering a unique space as a futuristic EV,” added Habib.
New design language
The new Kia EV6 embodies the design philosophy of the brand “Opposites United”, a combination of five different pillars (courage for nature, joy for reason, strength for progress, technology for life and tension for serenity) to create an unmistakable personality to accomplish. In contrast to other modern Kia vehicles, the EV6 does not have the conventional grille with a tiger nose. Instead, you get Kia’s “digital tiger nose” highlighted by headlights with unique LED markings, an ode to that new K5 sedan aggressive facade.
We particularly like the tension created by the EV6’s bulging hood lines, the raised window line, and the rising character line that emanates from beneath the doors to meet the vehicle’s wraparound taillights, which gives it a somewhat Lexus-like feel confers. In contrast to car-based crossovers with exaggerated curvy roof lines, the Kia EV6 has a curvy rear window that matches the angular roof.
The Kia EV6 has a driver-centric interior. Inside, the driver has access to a digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen display, both of which are integrated into a single, curved pane of glass. It gets a two-spoke tiller with Kia’s brand new logo on the front and center, a rotary switch and a two-stage center console.
Single or double electric motors
Kia has yet to discuss the powertrain options for its latest EV6 crossover. Similar to Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, however, we expect the EV6 to have single or double electric motors powered by either a 55 kWh or a 72.6 kWh battery.
With its electric 800-volt architecture, the Kia EV6 enables direct current fast charging of up to 350 kW. We also expect it to be equipped with Hyundai’s V2L charging capability, which allows customers to power or charge electrical devices and appliances from an external 3.6kW electrical outlet.
You don’t have to wait long. Kia’s EV6 crossover makes its official global debut later this month, and we’ll be here to spill the beans.
Alvin Reyes is a columnist for Automoblog and an expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aviation, and accounting in his younger years and is still very fond of his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also enjoys fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.
Kia EV6 gallery
Photos & Source: Kia Motors America.