Tuesday, August 16

Kia EV6 crossover SUV previews brand’s new design philosophy

Kia has given a first real look at its new EV6 electric car. The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated EV and sits on the new E-GMP platform that’s shared with the decidedly more retro Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Although the EV6 is not the first battery-electric vehicle from the Korean automaker, it is the first model to strictly rely on electricity for power. Other Kia electrics, such as the Soul EV and Niro EV, are also available with gasoline- or gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains.

The EV6 has a sporty crossover-inspired design and is the first vehicle to make use of a new design philosophy from Kia that the company calls “Opposites United,” which is comprised of no less than five pillars: “Bold for Nature,” “Joy for Reason,” “Power to Progress,” “Technology for Life,” and “Tension for Serenity.” Kia design chief Karim Habib explains what that means in this video:


Up front, the EV6 gets a clamshell bonnet with Kia’s new logo and large, angular headlights that flank a slim front grille. The headlights feature striking LED daytime running lights that are said to form the car’s ‘Digital Tiger Face’, which is a progression of Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose Grille’ for the electrified era. Lower down on the front bumper is an air intake that channels air under the car for optimum aerodynamics. The Kia EV6 has a swept-back windshield and a sloping C-pillar with wide rear haunches, which lends it a crossover stance. The EV6 also features some body cladding around the wheel wells and a distinct character line that runs along the bottom of the doors and curves upwards near the rear wheels.

At the back, the Kia EV6 sports unique tail-lights that span the width of the bootlid and taper downwards, into the rear quarter panel. There are also two spoilers at the rear, one is mounted on the roof and the other is positioned just above the tail-lights.

Kia has not revealed full technical details. Expect the EV6 to offer single- and dual-motor options, with the former setup pushing power to the front wheels, and the latter to all four. Likewise, the most powerful EV6 ought to pack around 300 horses and utilize the same 73-kWh battery pack as the Ioniq 5. (Lesser EV6’s will likely employ the Ioniq 5’s smaller capacity 58-kWh pack. )

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