Kia unveils the new EV6 with more range, updated features, and a sleek new design


The Kia EV6 facelift is finally here. Kia revealed the new EV6 Tuesday with more range, a host of new features, and an “evolved” design for the modern era.

Kia released the EV6 in March 2021 as its first dedicated electric car based on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform.

Three years later, the EV6 is due for an upgrade. After unveiling the EV3, EV4, and EV5 (Kia’s next-gen affordable EVs) last year it was clear the EV6 was in need of a refresh. You can see the current EV6 lacks Kia’s new design theme as the brand aims to become a leader in the electric era.

Ahead of its official debut, we caught a glimpse of the new EV6 testing under camouflage several times.

Kia unveiled the first teaser images earlier this month. The teasers showed several new design features, including redesigned front and rear lights. One of the biggest upgrades is the new DRL with Kia’s “Star Map Signature Lighting,” shown on new models like the EV9 and EV5.

After announcing it has begun signing contracts for the new EV6, Kia said its first dedicated EV has “returned in a more perfect form.”

Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

Kia reveals new EV6 has more range, features, and style

You can immediately see the design upgrades, including a wing-shaped bumper design and redesigned wheels. The rear also features Kia’s star map lightning with a new wing-shaped design similar to the front bumper.

The EV6 facelift features a bigger battery (84 kWh), up from the previous 77.4 kWh pack. Kia’s fourth-gen battery enables up to 307 miles (494 km) range in Korea, up from 295 miles (475 km) in the previous model.

Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

With increased energy density, the new battery enables faster charging. The new EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 mins with 350 kW fast charging.

Inside, the new EV6 is equipped with Kia’s new ccNC infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also loaded with SDV-based features like remote smart parking assist 2 and voice recognition. The new system expands OTA features and adds streaming options.

Kia EV6 facelift interior (Source: Kia)

Kia enhanced the new EV6’s ride with “frequency-sensitive shock absorbers” and optimized motor noise control for an even quieter drive.

Kia says that added elements have created a more luxurious and modern interior space. This includes a new panoramic curved display, a redesigned steering wheel, and an improved wireless charging pad.

Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

In Korea, the new EV6 starts at $40,500 (KRW 55.4 million) for the Long Range and Light trims. The Air starts at $42,600 (KRW 58.24 million), while the Earth model costs $45,700 (KRW 62.52 million).

Kia also revealed the new EV6 GT-Line model with a sportier design, exclusive 20″ wheels, and an added front LED center lamp. The GT-Line will start at $46,200 (KRW 63.15 million).

The new EV6 is expected to launch in June. With added tax credits, the new EV6 could start as low as $38,500 (KRW 52.6 million) in Korea.

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