Kia Unveils Its First Dedicated EV, The EV6

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, Automotive Editor - March 16, 2021

Kia, like nearly every other automaker in the industry, has large plans for its electric future. Originally, Kia’s goal was to have seven electric vehicles on sale by 2027, which was then accelerated to 11 EVs by 2026, seven of which will utilize the same platform as Hyundai’s electric cars. For the automaker to reach its goals, it’s going to be working hard on coming out with new electric cars. The brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle has arrived in the form of the 2022 Kia EV6. While the EV6 will make its official global debut later this month, Kia has released some pictures of the EV with its Opposites United design.

The stylish EV6 sits on the brand’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform, which also underpins the new Hyundai IONIQ 5. While Kia isn’t saying anything about range, power, or performance, we expect the EV6 to mirror the IONIQ 5. Hyundai’s EV is available in two layouts – a rear-wheel-drive configuration that makes 215 horsepower and an all-wheel-drive variant that produces 315 hp. The IONIQ 5 is also offered with two battery packs, including a smaller 58-kWh pack and a larger 77.4-kWh pack.

The rest of what we know has to do with the EV6’s design. Kia’s been coming out with bold looks recently, but the electric crossover is clearly being used to usher the automaker into a new era of design. At the front, the EV6 wears Kia’s new logo, but the brand’s “digital tiger face” is the most radical element. The face is meant to be a progression of the automaker’s “tiger nose grille” for the electric era. Also at the front are headlights that have a sequential light pattern and a low air intake that is meant to help channel air to the EV6’s flat floor.

Kia EV6

The rear end of the EV6 is even more noteworthy, as the EV has a steeply raked rear windshield with a built-in spoiler. The liftgate is separated into two sections by a thin taillight that runs the full width of the SUV, connecting rear fender to rear fender.

On the inside, the EV6 ditches the futuristic approach that nearly every other automaker has taken in favor of something that looks far more traditional. With the same platform as the IONIQ 5, we expected the EV6 to have the same spacious, airy feel, but the pictures reveal the two EVs will sport dramatically different designs. In the EV6, the traditional dashboard is wrapped around the driver with the digital instrument cluster and large center display being housed in a single curved panel. The center console houses a rotary shifter, a start button, two cupholders, and what appears to be a sizable storage bin. Sure, the EV6 has some flair on the inside, but it’s not nearly as dramatic as other EVs on the market.

Currently, Kia offers the Niro, Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Niro EV, Elantra Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, and Sorento Hybrid. The automaker was supposed to have an electric version of the Soul, called the Soul EV, on sale for the 2021 model year, but that model still isn’t available yet. So far, Kia has offered a few vehicles with electrified powertrains, but the EV6 will be its first dedicated electric car. That means the EV6 has been designed and manufactured from the beginning as an electric car and will only be offered with an electric powertrain.

We expect to get more information on the EV6 before the end of March, when the EV will make its world debut.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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