South Korean carmaker Kia has teased a series of dimly-lit silhouette images of the EV6, its first electric car that will be built on the dedicated E-GMP (electric global modular) platform.
We first had a glimpse of the new electric crossover in January, when Kia outlined its seven-year EV plan to release seven dedicated models by 2027.
Although Kia is not giving away much more this timer around, from what we can see the EV6 will have sleek, sharp lines and a fastback-style rear end, and take the form of a low-set crossover.
Angular front headlights meet the curved bonnet giving a dynamic appearance, while at the other end a “halo” running light appears to hug the rear from wheel to wheel.
A video accompanying the release of images gives away a little more, in particular the lighting on the rear that features a red striped set of LED that run to meet a lower L-shaped orange light. The slogan that accompanies this is, “Movement that inspires.”
Kia says the EV6, which shares the same platform that fellow carmaker on which Hyundai will build the all-electric Ioniq series, signals not only the start of a new era for Kia (which recently gave itself a makeover with a new logo and slogan).
It also signals the naming system the South Korean carmaker will use for its dedicated electric series, and the intent behind its new EV design language which diverges considerably from the e-Niro and e-Soul.
“EV6 is the embodiment of both our brand purpose, ‘Movement that inspires’, and our new design philosophy,” said Karim Habib, senior VP and head of Kia’s global design centre in a statement.
“It has been designed to inspire every journey by offering an instinctive and natural experience that improves the daily lives of our customers and provide user ownership that is simple, intuitive and integrated,” he said.
“Our aim is to design the physical experience of our brand and to create bold, original and inventive electric vehicles.”
Kia is not yet giving anything away in terms of specifications but as the EV6 will be built on the E-GMP platform expect to see high-performance options like 350kW DC battery charging, two-way “Vehicle-to-Load” (V2L) AC charging and just south of 500km driving range.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.