Kia's first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) is finally here – the EV6, and with it comes big changes. For starters, it marks the first of many more dedicated BEVs to come from Kia that will ride on the new E-GMP architecture. The second is the new design philosophy for up-and-coming models that will go with its revamped logo and slogan. But first, let's talk about the EV6.
The newly launched electric crossover is the first model to bear Kia's new design language dubbed “Opposites Unite”. Compared to the current Kia models today, the styling changes are very obvious. Possibly the most noticeable difference would be the brand's new “Digital Tiger Face” – a design for Kia's electrified era. It effectively replaces the tiger-nose grille we've known for years. The EV then features pair of sharp LED headlights that flank the new slim grille, giving the front end an aggressive look.
Moving towards the side, it has a swept-back windshield and spoiler. It also features a sloped roof and steeply raked rear glass akin to SUV coupes instead of a traditional crossover design. Dark trim around the lower edge and wheel arches give the EV crossover a more rugged look. Interestingly, the EV6 sits quite low for a crossover.
Possibly the most interesting part of the crossover is the rear end. Rather than a traditional taillight, it features an LED cluster that extends from fender to fender. This design gives it a unique look unlike any other crossover on the market today.
Inside, Kia promises the EV6 offers more space than any other vehicle in its class. Unfortunately, the automaker has not released specific dimensions just yet. Based on the design though, it does look spacious. The dashboard has a wraparound design, with the instrument cluster and center display integrated into a curved black panel. Below are the HVAC controls with haptic buttons. In front of the driver sits a two-spoke steering wheel which now bears Kia's new logo.
Kia has not released details about the EV6's powertrain just yet, but says it will be revealed within the month. However, the electric crossover may have similar numbers to its Hyundai cousin – the Ioniq 5.
With the EV6 launched, expect other new Kia models to adopt a similar look with slim grilles and large headlights. For now, it's goodbye to the “tiger-nose grille”, and hello to the “Digital Tiger Face”. Do you like how it looks so far, or did you enjoy Kia's previous designs better? Let us know in the comments.