2022 Kia EV6 Photos Show New EV Thinking

The 2022 Kia EV6 is a new electric crossover SUV with seating for five people. (Kia Motors America)

Kia has released photos of its first vehicle built on the new Hyundai Motor Group Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The 2022 Kia EV6 is also the first of a family of EV-named battery electric vehicles (BEVs) coming from Kia by 2027, the first exclusively electric Kia nameplate, and the first of the company’s products to wear a new ‘Opposites United’ design language.

The Kia EV6 reveal comes on the heels of the automaker’s brand transformation earlier this year, including a new logo, a new ‘Movement That Inspires’ brand slogan, and a new commitment to electrification beyond the existing Niro and Sorento hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and BEVs. Kia joins brands ranging from Acura to Volvo in the overall industry move to electrified vehicles.

What is the Kia EV6?

The Kia EV6 is an electric crossover SUV with seating for five people. Exterior dimensions are similar to a compact model, while interior dimensions are similar to a midsize model. Kia builds the EV6 on its parent company’s E-GMP platform, the same one used by the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. The Hyundai Motor Group (Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia) has collectively committed to bringing 20 new BEVs to market by 2027.

Kia EV6 Exterior

2022 Kia EV6 Photos Show New EV Thinking

The 2022 EV6 introduces a new design language that Kia says it will use for all future models. (Kia Motors America)

Inspired by Kia’s new ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, which will guide the company’s future products, the EV6’s exterior styling represents a departure from existing norms for the Korean automaker.

“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,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center.

Taking inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity, according to Kia, EV6 design highlights include what the automaker is calling a Digital Tiger Face, an evolution of the tiger-nose grille that has characterized the company’s models for a decade. Sequential dynamic lighting, rounded fenders and haunches, flush door handles, a tapered and floating roof design, a fast rear window, and subtle SUV styling cues identify the EV6. It proudly displays the new Kia logo, front and rear.

Kia EV6 Interior

2022 Kia EV6 Photos Show New EV Thinking

The 2022 Kia EV6 takes a clean, minimalistic approach to interior design. Digital instrumentation and infotainment screens live under a single curved glass display. (Kia Motors America)

Like many other modern electric vehicles, the Kia EV6 takes full advantage of its skateboard-style BEV platform by maximizing the available interior space.

Starting in front of the steering wheel and extending well behind the dashboard center, the EV6’s digital instrumentation and infotainment systems reside under a single curved widescreen display to create what Kia calls a more expansive, open space.

Kia integrates the climate system’s air vents in a strip that divides the upper half of the dashboard from the lower half, a design that also serves to emphasize the BEV’s width. Haptic climate control buttons work similar to a smartphone, issuing a subtle vibration when used. They reside under the screen and center air vents, flanked by stereo knobs for volume and tuning.

The EV6 also features lightweight seats upholstered in colorful fabrics made of recycled materials.

Kia EV6 Specs and Details Coming Soon

Kia did not divulge more details about the new EV6, which it says it will fully introduce later this month.

However, it is widely assumed that the EV6’s capabilities will mirror those of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. That would mean an estimated maximum range of 300 miles on a single battery charge and acceleration to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

If these predictions hold, the EV6 will represent a significant step up from Kia’s current BEV, the Niro EV.

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