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2021 Kia EV6 confirmed! New SUV to be electric alternative to Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester

The EV6 is Kia’s third all-electric vehicle, following the e-Niro and e-Soul.

Kia has not only confirmed that its next-generation all-electric vehicle will be revealed by the end of this month, but also that it will be named EV6.

The EV6 is Kia’s first model to be based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform and is therefore related to the recently revealed Hyundai Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV.

While the EV6 is all but confirmed to compete in the same segment – against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester – it will do so with a more coupe-like design, as hinted at by these four shadowy teaser images.

Aside from the EV6’s steeply raked roofline, eyes are immediately drawn to its intricately designed headlights and full-width tail-lights, with the latter reminiscent of a duck tail.

We’re yet to catch a glimpse of the EV6’s interior, though, so it and the full exterior will have to wait for now, although the Ioniq 5 similarities are likely to run deep.

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Speaking of which, expect the EV6 to be available with the Ioniq 5’s one (rear-wheel drive) or two (all-wheel drive) electric motors with a 58kWh or 72.6kWh battery.

A higher-performing AWD-72.6kWh combination should produce up to 225kW of power and 605Nm of torque, enabling it to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in about 5.2 seconds.

AWD-58kWh, RWD-72.6KWh and RWD-58kWh configurations should develop 173kW/605Nm, 160kW/350Nm and 125kW/350Nm and hit triple digits in about 6.1s, 7.4s and 8.5s respectively.

Meanwhile, a longer-lasting RWD-72.6kWh pairing should have a driving range of about 470-480km on the more realistic WLTP standard’s combined-cycle test.

Thanks to its 800V architecture, the EV6 should be able to charge its battery from 10 to 80 per cent in about 18 minutes when using a 350kW DC fast charger.

When will the EV6 go on sale in Australia? Well, Kia is yet to confirm a local launch nor timing, with a spokesperson only going as far as to tell CarsGuide the company is “definitely interested and in discussions”, so time will tell.

In the meantime, the Niro small SUV will become Kia Australia’s first model to be available as an all-electric vehicle, with it due in showrooms in the coming months alongside ‘self-charging’ hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

For reference, expect more similarly named Kia all-electric vehicles (think EV1, EV2, EV3, EV4, EV5, EV7, EV8 and EV9…) in the future, with its new dedicated – and to-the-point – nomenclature now established.