Kia's inaugural dedicated electric vehicle (EV), the EV6, is poised for a facelift, evident in recent spy shots capturing the upcoming model during testing. The EV6, which made its debut in 2021, is undergoing design revisions, drawing inspiration from Kia's flagship EV9.
Initial impressions of the EV6 were positive, praised for its enjoyable driving experience and spacious design, garnering over 30,000 pre-orders within the first 40 days of its launch over two years ago. However, in a rapidly evolving electric vehicle market, Kia aims to stay competitive by refreshing the EV6 alongside the introduction of new EV models.
At its inaugural EV day in October, Kia revealed plans for three new electric models, including the EV5 compact crossover and the conceptual EV3 and EV4. These additions followed the earlier launch of Kia's flagship EV9 electric SUV.
Among Kia's updated lineup, the EV6 is notably undergoing a revamp. Recent images, shared by Auto Express, showcase design changes, particularly in the headlight shape, which now features a thinner and more triangular design. This aligns with Kia's evolving design language, incorporating the signature Star Map lightning seen in newer models.
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While the camouflaged areas hint at potential upgrades to the front and rear light bars, other noticeable changes include an updated bumper design aimed at improving aerodynamics, as well as a fresh set of wheels for the EV6.
Despite limited information provided by Kia regarding the updated EV6, it is anticipated to continue riding on Hyundai's E-GMP platform with a battery capacity of up to 77.4 kWh. Expectations include enhancements to the range, surpassing the current 310 miles.
Kia has confirmed to Auto Express that the updated EV6 will integrate features from its flagship EV9, aligning it with the brand's evolving design language. Further details are anticipated closer to the expected mid-2024 launch date.