Check out Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle, the EV6, which debuts the brand’s new design language.
Set for a full reveal later this month, Kia has ripped the hanky off its first-ever dedicated battery electric vehicle, the EV6. Revealing the brand’s new design language, wait for it, ‘Opposites United’ it apparently takes inspiration from contrasts found in nature.
“EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centred, 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 Centre.
“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.”
The EV6 is built on Kia’s new ‘electric-global modular platform’ (E-GMP) and while it still features Kia’s famous Tiger Nose grille, the whole vehicle looks a lot sleeker and more premium than anything else in the lineup. Although, to be fair, you can see the progression towards this upmarket design in the brand’s recent releases.
Like a lot of premium crossover products, think Audi Q8, for instance, the EV6 boasts a sharp looking front end, with a muscular set rear end. The idea with the design, Kia said, was to ensure it not only looked good but that it worked to make the thing slipperier. So, air is channeled from the front through and underneath the vehicle’s flat floor.
Similarly, the inside benefits from being an EV with more interior space than other Kia EVs based on regular production models. Kia said the interior is dominated by a “curved high-definition audio visual and navigation screen. Extending from the steering wheel across to the centre of the car, it displays an instrument cluster in front of the driver, with infotainment and navigation above the centre console.
Underneath the screen, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) settings are controlled by using haptic ‘buttons’.
“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,” Kia said.
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