When it comes to electric vehicles, Kia already has a few models to offer such as the Niro EV and the Soul EV. But unlike most EVs on the market, these don't ride on a dedicated electric vehicle platform. Instead, they're just electric versions of the Niro and Soul crossovers.
Kia, however, is getting serious with EVs. The company even intends to launch seven new EVs by 2027, with the first one arriving this 2021. Now, it has given us a glimpse of the first of seven to come.
Called the Kia EV6, it is an electric crossover. It is the company's first EV to ride on the company's new dedicated EV platform called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Interestingly, the automaker says the EV6 will be the first vehicle to be built under the brand's new design philosophy “that embodies Kia’s shifting focus towards electrification”. With that, expect the upcoming EV to look very different from the Kia models we know today.
Judging by the teaser photos they've released, they weren't exaggerating. Though most of the vehicle is still blacked out, the EV6 has a unique front fascia unlike any Kia on sale today. It's the same with the crossover's rear end. It features a thin, boomerang-shaped LED taillight that extends to the wheel arches. Noticeably, the door handles are flush too, giving the crossover a cleaner look. Judging by the large side mirrors, this will likely be the final design of the upcoming EV crossover as well. Unfortunately, no details about the EV powertrain have been released.
One interesting bit about the EV6 is its name. Kia says the crossover has been named according to the brand's naming strategy for EVs. All new BEVs will start with the “EV” suffix followed by a number corresponding to its position in the brand's lineup. Given that this is EV6, it could be one of the larger models available.
The new EV6 pique your interest? Thankfully, we won't have to wait long before its debut. Kia says the EV6 will happen within the first quarter of 2021. With that, expect its debut later this month.