Kia EV6 2024 facelift brings new style and a bigger battery

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Kia’s popular electric crossover, the EV6, is getting a mid-cycle refresh to keep it competitive in the rapidly evolving EV market. With a subtle facelift, updated interior technology, and a larger battery that promises more range, Kia hopes to cement the EV6’s position as one of the most popular EVs in its category.

Angled headlights on the exterior of the EV6 subtly accentuate its futuristic design, drawing it more in line with its bigger sibling, the EV9. For a more aggressive appearance, the GT-Line trim adds a front light bar. Both standard and GT-Line models come with redesigned bumpers, and buyers can choose from new 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the EV6 is largely unchanged but gains a fresh three-spoke steering wheel and an updated frame for its dual-screen setup. Tech-savvy drivers will appreciate the addition of a fingerprint authentication system, a 12.0-inch head-up display, and an optional digital rearview mirror.

Kia also made a number of subtler changes to the body. Second-row side airbags increase passenger safety, and the EV6 now has thicker B-pillars for increased structural rigidity. Kia’s engineers have also reduced motor noise and tweaked the suspension for a more comfortable ride. Additionally, extra sound insulation around the rear motor aims to further minimize cabin noise.

Perhaps the most significant upgrade is the EV6’s larger 84 kWh battery, replacing the previous 77.4 kWh unit. Based on local testing procedures, this larger battery promises to boost the EV6’s range to an estimated 494 km from 475 km on the outgoing model when comparing the matching rear-wheel-drive Long Range models. The new battery can also charge from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes when using a 350 kW DC charger.

Driving Dynamics and Efficiency

  • The EV6 boasts an impressive driving range of 494km on a single charge, thanks to its 84kWh 4th generation battery.
  • Enhanced ride comfort and safety features ensure a smooth and secure journey for drivers and passengers alike.
  • Rapid charging capabilities allow for quick and convenient refueling, with up to 80% charge in just 18 minutes using 350kW ultra-fast charging.

Futuristic Design Language

  • Inspired by the concept of ‘Modern Contrast,’ the EV6 exudes sophistication with its dynamic exterior design and sleek lines.
  • The interior is a testament to luxury and innovation, featuring a panoramic curved display, ambient lighting, and premium materials that create a refined and inviting atmosphere.

Cutting-Edge Technology

  • Equipped with state-of-the-art infotainment systems and driver assistance features, the EV6 offers a connected and intelligent driving experience.
  • SDV-based connectivity ensures seamless integration with smartphones and other devices, while advanced driver assistance systems enhance safety and convenience on the road.

Sustainable Innovation

  • Embracing sustainability at its core, the EV6 utilizes natural phenomena such as wind and gravity to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Kia’s Triple Zero purchasing program further reinforces its commitment to sustainability, offering customers a hassle-free buying experience while reducing environmental impact.

The updated Kia EV6 is set to launch in South Korea next month, with other markets to follow. South Korean pricing starts at an equivalent of $40,700 USD for the base Light model, while the GT-Line version starts at $46,846 USD.

ModelKia EV6
Engine1 Electric Engine
Seating Capacity5
Length4695 mm
Width1890 mm
Wheelbase2900 mm
Charging Time (10-80%)73 minutes at 50 kW DC
Battery Capacity84 kWh
Max Power320.55 bhp
Max Torque605 Nm
Range494 km
Body TypeSUV
FeaturesPanoramic Curved Display, Powered Charging Flap, Augmented Reality HUD
Power SteeringYes
Power Windows FrontYes
Anti-Lock Braking SystemYes
Air ConditionerYes
Driver AirbagYes
Passenger AirbagYes
Automatic Climate ControlYes
Alloy WheelsYes
Multi-function Steering WheelYes
Fuel TypeElectric
Emission Norm ComplianceZEV
Top Speed192 kmph
Front SuspensionMcPherson suspension
Rear SuspensionMulti-Link
Steering TypeElectric
Front Brake TypeDisc
Rear Brake TypeDisc
Comfort & ConvenienceVarious features including power steering, power windows, cruise control
InteriorLeather steering wheel, digital cluster, ambient lighting
ExteriorPower adjustable exterior mirrors, alloy wheels, LED lighting
SafetyABS, brake assist, airbags, electronic stability control, rear camera
Entertainment & CommunicationRadio, speakers, touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
ADAS FeatureForward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, etc.
Advance Internet FeatureLive Location, Remote Vehicle Status Check, Over-the-Air Updates, etc.

Product NameThe New EV6
Launch DateAugust 2024
DescriptionKia’s first dedicated electric vehicle model is based on the electric vehicle platform E-GMP. It has an eye-catching design and excellent electrification technology.
Cumulative SalesMore than 210,000 units globally.
Awards– ‘European Car of the Year’ in 2022. – ‘The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (SUV category)’ in 2023.
Driving Range494km on a single charge (based on composite, long-range 2WD model, 19 inches, without built-in cam).
Exterior ColorsTotal of 8 colors for standard model. Additional 2 colors for the GT-Line model.
Interior ColorsTotal of 4 colors for standard model. Exclusive Black & White for GT-Line model.
Battery84kWh 4th generation battery. Increased capacity from 77.4 kWh to 84 kWh.
ChargingUp to 80% (10% -> 80%) within 18 minutes using 350kW ultra-fast charging.
Comfort and Safety Enhancements– Tuning for riding comfort on rough roads. – Motor noise control optimization. – Increased body rigidity. – 10-airbag system.
Infotainment Features– Next-generation infotainment system ‘ccNC’. – Streaming service. – Natural language voice recognition.
Convenience FeaturesApple CarPlay and Android Auto with wireless connections. Walk Away Lock. e-Hi-Pass for toll road payments. Kia Digital Key. fingerprint authentication.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systemssteering wheel grip detection (HoD). – Lane keeping assist 2 (LFA 2). Remote smart parking assist 2 (RSPA 2). Parking collision avoidance assist (PCA-F/S/R).
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