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2021 Kia EV6 revealed: New radical-looking electric SUV looks to tempt Toyota RAV4 Hybrid buyers with technological tour de force

Kia's first dedicated EV debuts the brand's new design language with a premium interior treatment.

Kia has thrown the covers off its first dedicated all-electric offering, the EV6.

The EV6 is not only the first Kia vehicle to be based on the Hyundai Group’s dedicated e-GMP electric architecture, but it also debuts the brand’s radical new design philosophy.

Sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 will be competing in the mid-size SUV segment, despite slinky hatch-like looks, and it off-sets its sister brand’s first dedicated EV, trading away the Ioniq’s retro-inspired design for something decidedly more futuristic.

Kia’s head designer, Karim Habib, says this new design language is centred around the concepts of opposites uniting, and combines key elements consisting of ‘bold for nature’, ‘joy for reason’, ‘power to progress’, ‘technology for life’, and ‘tension for serenity’.

Inside, the EV6 has a dual-pronged steering wheel reminiscent of the one in Genesis products, and a double screen element dominating the instrument cluster and multimedia screen in a similar fashion to contemporary Mercedes-Benz models. A drive selector dial, practical centre console, and Audi-like dash-spanning vent fittings round out a premium-looking package.

The EV6 is tech heavy with elements of premium design on the inside. The EV6 is tech heavy with elements of premium design on the inside.

The EV6 will internationally be available with a choice of either a 68kWh or 72.6kWh battery in rear- or all-wheel drive with a range of up to 480km on the WLTP cycle.

Using the e-GMP underpinnings, the EV6 also possesses 800-volt architecture, allowing fast charging from 10-80 per cent in just 18 minutes on a 350kW DC fast charger. Although there is no word on the car’s AC charging capability as yet.

The EV6 is expected to be the first vehicle on the new electric architecture as part of Hyundai Group’s new push toward electrification. More vehicles are expected on the e-GMP platform using the EV prefix, and Hyundai Group head of Research and Development has said in the past this platform will offer “exciting” design possibilities across multiple segments.

The EV6 trades the Ioniq 5's retro design elements for something more futuristic. The EV6 trades the Ioniq 5's retro design elements for something more futuristic.

Kia Australia confirmed to CarsGuide the EV6 is not yet locked in for an Australian launch, although it reiterated that the local division is “definitely interested and in discussion”.

The first Kia EV set for an Australian launch is the e-Niro, which is due to launch imminently alongside plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid versions. There is also a plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid Sorento large SUV on the way for Australia as part of the brand’s electrification strategy, and it’s local CEO recently look aim at the federal governments inaction of the EV front, saying “there’s got to be a strategy for the next ten, twenty, thirty years”.