Kia Motor Company has revealed the first images including the exterior and interior design of the upcoming EV6, its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), ahead of the car’s world premiere in March. As per the images revealed, the EV6 gets crossover-inspired design and is based on the brand’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). EV6 is the result of a collaborative effort between all three studios in Kia’s global design network in Namyang (Korea), Frankfurt (Germany), and Irvine (California, US).
At the front, it ‘Digital Tiger Face’, a design progression from Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose Grille’ for the electrified era. There’s sleek DRLs and, ‘sequential’ dynamic light pattern. The side profile displays a crossover-inspired design with swept-back windshield and a character line that runs along the bottom of the doors curving upwards towards the rear wheel arches. The rear gets sloping rear C-pillar with an integrated black glossy insert, and a roof spoiler.
Inside the cabin is an increased space compared to previous Kia EVs based on existing model architecture. One of the most striking elements of the new interior is a high-tech curved high-definition audio visual and navigation (AVN) screen. Extending from the steering wheel across to the center of the car, it displays an instrument cluster in front of the driver, and infotainment and navigation above the center console.
“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. “With EV6 we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes, while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV.”
Underneath the AVN screen, passengers control HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) settings by using haptic ‘buttons’, while below this panel, the dashboard slopes away towards the front of the car, creating a sense of space and openness for the front-seat passengers. The seats are slim, lightweight and contemporary, and clad in modern, visually interesting and robust fabrics created using recycled plastics, which create yet greater openness in the cabin.