Kia is nearing the debut of its first dedicated battery-electric vehicle. The Kia EV6 will debut later this month and mark the brand’s first vehicle based on Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture.
The EV6 will not be the first Hyundai product to debut on the E-GMP architecture. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 that debuted recently is the first E-GMP product. The EV6 appears to be similar in size to the Ioniq 5, but with a different form factor. The Kia appears to have a more rakish windshield with a bit of a fastback-like C-pillar. Like the Hyundai, this Kia features bold LED lighting, including headlights that drawn down into the curvy rear fenders.
In a statement, Kia says the EV6’s design philosophy, “embodies Kia’s shifting focus towards electrification.”
Kia isn’t saying much else about the EV6 just yet. Given its close ties to the Ioniq 5, one can speculate its electric powertrain will echo that of the Hyundai’s. If that’s the case, expect 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh battery packs. The packs will supply power to a single 215 horsepower motor at the rear axle or dual motors with a total of 302 horsepower. Another hallmark of the Hyundai is its 800 volt fast-charging ability, something Kia is very likely to borrow for the EV6.
The Kia EV6 will be revealed on March 15th. Kia says its naming convention for EV’s will be simple, with “EV” and a number that represents the vehicle’s place in the lineup.