Kia has released the first images of their all-new battery electric vehicle, the EV6.
The EV6 was developed according to the brand’s new design philosophy – “Opposites united” – and is the first dedicated EV to be influenced by it.
This “Opposites united” philosophy, states Kia, will be used for all future cars it designs.
The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), and is designed on a new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
The vehicle follows a crossover design with a low angled windshield and a “Digital Tiger Face” front end.
This “Tiger Face” is formed out of the daytime running lights on the nose with a sequential light pattern, and below this a wide air intake that channels air through the bumper and below the flat floor for good aerodynamics.
Furthermore, sharp lines and angular details, along with the voluminous rear end, add body to the EV6 and conclude a rather sleek exterior look.
Inside, the cabin offers “increased space compared to previous Kia EVs” thanks to the new modular platform.
The dash features a double display that is angled slightly towards the driver, with a thin slither of plastic across to add contrast and make space for the air-conditioning vents.
Starting from the steering wheel, the screens show a digital instrument cluster, infotainment features, and navigation above the centre console.
“The width of the screen creates an immersive experience for the driver, while a minimal number of physical buttons offer an uncluttered and soothing driving experience,” said Kia.
Below this, air-conditioning settings are handled through haptic touch buttons, while a commander dial on the centre console handles the rest of the vehicle features.
The seats are slim and lightweight – according to Kia – and were developed using robust fabrics created from recycled plastics.
“Opposites United” design philosophy
Kia is doubling down on their new design philosophy, stating that the look of all future Kia vehicles will stem from this one principle.
The philosophy takes inspiration from the “contrasts found in nature and humanity”, and is based on five key factors:
- Bold for nature
- Joy for reason
- Power to progress
- Technology for life
- Tension for serenity
“We want our products to deliver an instinctive and natural experience that improves the daily lives of our customers.”