Kia teases its creeping, Jaguar-like EV6 hatch

Kia is currently selling the Niro, an all-rounder SUV that is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicle. Although the platform – like the Hyundai Ioniq – was designed for electrification, we assumed that the availability of gas-powered variants would exclude the electric SUV from “dedicated EV” status. So enter the EV6.

Information about the EV6 is so far sparse. We know the specific EV part, and we know that Kia plans to bring the EV6 out soon – in the first quarter of 2021, which likely makes it an option for the 2022 model year.

From what we can tell from the pictures and videos posted by Kia, the EV6 has a long, low-slung appearance not dissimilar to that of the Jaguar I-Pace. A combative front end with furrowed, pointed headlights that brood under rounded fenders; a gently curved roofline; and a wild, full-width taillight element that doubles as a kind of duck-bill spoiler are some of the highlights. The headlights and taillights are very detailed LED settings, while the backs have sequenced lighting. While it is clearly a hatchback, it is not known whether the EV6 is a popped SUV or a hatchback car. In any case, it will be an eye catcher.

New EV naming strategy, who dis?

Kia also says the EV6’s name provides a hint of the brand’s naming scheme for other EVs to be launched. The entire Kia electrical system will be called “EV_” in the future – that is, the prefix “EV” plus a number “that corresponds to the position of the car in the list”. Illustration of size extremes on the edge. A template of how this will work can be found at Kia’s company sibling, Hyundai, which recently spun out a whole range of Ioniq electric cars from the original Ioniq hatchback.

The wait to see more of Kia’s EV strategy and this EV6 will be short. After all, the first quarter of 2021 is almost over …

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