Following some shadowy teaser photos released last week, Kia has shown the first full view of its latest EV6 electric car. The EV6 won’t be shown in full until later this month at an online exhibition, but the latest photos at least show what it looks like.
The EV6 has a sporty crossover-inspired design and is the first vehicle to incorporate Kia’s recent “Opposites United” design philosophy, which is made up of five pillars: “Bold for Nature,” “Joy for Reason,” “Power to Progress,” “Technology for Life,” and “Tension for Serenity.” In this video, Kia design chief Karim Habib explains what that means:
“The EV6 is a showcase of human-centered, innovative design and electrified power, as it is the first dedicated Kia EV. In a quote, Habib says, “We firmly believe EV6 is a convincing and important model for the new EV industry.” “With EV6, we wanted to create a unique, impactful design by combining advanced, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes, while also offering a unique space as a futuristic EV,” says the company.
Since the Niro has gas/hybrid versions as well as a newer version with an electric drivetrain, Kia describes the EV6 as the first “dedicated battery electric vehicle.” The EV6 is based on Hyundai’s latest E-GMP platform, and it’s the second E-GMP vehicle to be announced; Hyundai’s own Ioniq 5 was unveiled last month.
You’ll have to wait until the EV6 is fully unveiled for more technical information. Kia hasn’t set a date for the event yet, but it will take place in March, so it won’t be long.