At first glance, Kia’s EV6 first all-electric car has a floating roof, pop-up door handles, striking rear haunches and a pedestrian-friendly nose. These were designed under the company’s “Opposites United” philosophy, which is rooted in contrasting elements of humanity and nature.
The EV6 marks the brand’s first vehicle based on Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 that debuted recently is the first E-GMP product. We expect the EV6 to come with either 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh battery packs. The packs are said to 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 EV6 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 draw down into the curvy front fenders and a taillight ribbon that bends upward and across the trailing edge of the deck lid before bending downward. Interesting details include daytime running lights (DRLs); a low air intake in the front with air flow optimization (it directs air through and under the car’s flat floor for optimum aerodynamics).
The E-GMP platform lends itself to a spacious interior. There’s a curved high-definition audio/visual navigation (AVN) screen and decidedly fewer knobs and buttons compared to previous generations. The wide, two-spoke steering wheel has multiple buttons. A wide armrest ensures driver and front passenger won’t have to resort to thumb wars to see who wins the armrest on a trip. The console has storage space on the bottom.
Other interior elements include thin, light seats that wear modern and visually interesting fabrics made from recycled plastic.
The EV6 is a cooperative effort among all three studios in Kia’s network: Namyang, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; and Irvine, California.
Just like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 is based on the E-GMP. It will have a range of 311 miles, an ultra-fast charging capability (refreshing 62 miles of range in four minutes) and accelerate from 0 to 62 in three seconds.
Depending on the price, the EV6 should sell well as Kia seems poised to attract new customers as well as returning customers. Expect the official specifications on the EV6 soon.