Kia has unveiled the first images of its upcoming EV Car, the Kia EV6. Following the release of IONIQ 5, the first E-GMP-based dedicated EV, the EV6 is the next Kia electric car based on the dedicated EV platform. Although the IONIQ 5 and the Kia EV6 share the same platform, they are vastly different cars with different design principles inside and out. Furthermore, the Kia EV6 is expected to offer vastly different performance that’s equivalent to a supercar with super-fast acceleration and top-speed. The next Kia electric car, EV6 will be launched in July 2021 after a world premiere in late March. Also, in August of 2021, another version of the E-GMP crossover from the Genesis luxury brand will be released. The Genesis GV60 will be yet again another completely different car from the IONIQ and Kia versions.
According to Kia, the EV6 is a collaborative effort between all three studios in Kia’s global design network: in Namyang (Korea), Frankfurt (Germany), and Irvine (California, US). The company intends to use this new design language in the following models.
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Just like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6 is based on the new dedicated EV platform: Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which allows building EVs with very strong specs, including a long-range of 500 km (311 miles), ultra-fast charging capability (replenishing 100 km/62 miles of range in 4 minutes) and acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 seconds. The exact specs of the EV6 model are not yet announced.
If we combine the look of the car and E-GMP platform it seems that we will see a very strong contender in the EV market. Depending on pricing, the EV6 might sell really well.
The Kia EV6 appears to be a compact size car with a crossover-inspired design aesthetic. Keywords used by the manufacturer are "modern", "sleek" and "aerodynamic".
Interesting details are: characteristic daytime running lights, low air intake in the front, with air flow optimization (the air is channeled through and under the car’s flat floor for optimum aerodynamics), sharp lines and "high-tech details to create a sense of tension in the design", swept-back windshield, hidden door handles and bold rear haunches.
On the side there is a character line that runs along the bottom of the doors, curving upwards towards the rear wheel arches, which according to Kia visually elongates the profile of the car.
Because of the E-GMP platform, the interior of the Kia EV6 is very spacious. The manufacturer implemented a curved high-definition audio/visual and navigation (AVN) screen and significantly limited the number of buttons and knobs compared to previous generations. There are multiple buttons on the steering wheel, and it seems that they will be very useful to control the most important functions.
Overall, we are positively surprised by the Kia EV6. It's definitely the most attractive electric Kia ever made and we look forward to knowing more about it.