Kia Motors, now known simply as ‘Kia’, has released an all-new design philosophy for its future electric-only models. Enter the Kia EV6. The said philosophy is termed as ‘Opposites United’ and is formed on the five following pillars: Bold for Nature, Joy for Reason, Power to Progress, Technology for Life, and Tension for Serenity.
Enough with the philosophical talks, let’s discuss business: the EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated Battery-Electric-Vehicle (BEV) which finds inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity (Kia’s words). To add, the EV6 has a distinctive crossover-inspired design (to some it would look like a hatchback) and is based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), same as the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
“EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centered, progressive design and electrified power. We strongly believe EV6 is a compelling and relevant model for the new EV market. With EV6 we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV,” says Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center.
How does the EV6 fair on the outside?
For starters, it is the by-product of Kia’s ‘Power to Progress’ characteristic meaning it portrays the carmaker’s strengths in its design. At the front, daytime running lights are placed in such a sleek manner that they form the car’s “Digital Tiger Face”. The more you look at it, the more it grows on you.
The side profile is, as said earlier, aimed at giving the EV6 a crossover feel while being modern and aerodynamic. Sharp lines are running throughout the body, while the swept-back windshield offers dynamism and purpose.
At the rear, a sloping C-pillar with gloss-black inserts, and a roof spoiler that sends air downwards towards a raised lower spoiler which then sits on top of a ‘unique’ taillight cluster completes the look. Confusing, much?
What about the inside?
Owing to the E-GMP platform, the EV6 has plenty of space to offer. There are a high-tech and curved audio-visual and navigation screen that certainly looks marvelous. A two-spoke steering wheel along with haptic buttons for the HVAC system rounds up the interior. And yes, the seats are slim, lightweight, and are made from recycled plastics. Need you ask for more?
As for the power, considering the EV6 is based on the same platform as the Ioniq 5, one could expect it to offer either a single or a dual-motor setup with RWD/AWD options meaning it would make 215hp or 302hp, respectively.
The world premiere for the 2022 Kia EV6 is slated for sometime during this month with a special online event.