Article By Richard Aucock

Kia EV6 revealed ahead of imminent launch

The Kia EV6 is the firm’s first dedicated EV and will be launched in full to the world later in March

Kia has revealed first images of its all-new EV6 electric car ahead of a full world debut later this month.

The new car is Kia’s first ground-up pure EV design and aims to build on strong sales of its first car to offer an EV option, the Kia e-Niro.

It's also the first Kia to follow the brand's new EV naming strategy.

Capitalising on the fact it doesn’t have to come with a combustion engine alternative is a brand new design philosophy which suggests Kia is aiming to take its pure EVs upmarket.

Called ‘Opposites United’, the new strategy creates 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,” said design chief Karim Habib.

The Kia EV6 is a crossover EV designed to be as aerodynamic as possible – the windscreen is steeply-raked and the rear has a sloping, wind-cheating C-pillar and prominent roof spoiler.

The car is built on a dedicated new electric car platform called E-GMP. This is much more flexible than a traditional petrol or diesel car platform and Kia says it has “liberated” interior design.

A standout feature is the new curved infotainment screen, which sits seamlessly within the slim, open dashboard. Kia says physical buttons have been minimised to create an “unclutters and soothing driving experience”.

Materials are modern and contemporary, and fabrics have bene created using recycled materials.

Kia isn’t quite ready to reveal details of the EV tech beneath, though. For that, we’ll have to wait for the world premier later this month.

Kia has promised its customers are “at the centre of what we do and influence every decision that we make,” so it’s safe to assume the drive tech will be competitive too. For now, watch this space, and enjoy our first look at an important new EV from Kia.

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