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2022 Kia EV6 teased online

2022 Kia EV6 teased online

Kia has teased one of its upcoming new vehicles, the EV6. The images were shown last week and don’t give much away. Certainly not as much as those Stinger teasers from Wednesday anyway!

The 2022 Kia EV6 is the Korean automaker’s first dedicated electric vehicle. It uses the Hyundai Motor Group's new E-GMP platform, jointly designed with their Korean counterpart company.

The EV6 is apparently the launch name and not a design designation. It’s a signal that this isn’t the only EV to expect from the automaker in the coming years.

Kia EV6

The teaser image doesn’t give much away. It’s a slick design with rounded edges, a short round hood and smooth lines over the windshield and curved roof to the rear. A slight kick at the taillights offers a little interest and a hint at a possible light bar at the rear.

The front end looks quite mean with those frowning LED running lights and narrow headlights. The lower sill has been shadowed out, as has the main profile. We do see a distinct waistline running under the rear quarterlight to the back though.

The front image shows a front end that looks a little like the Spanish SEAT line of cars. A modern angled headlight with LEDs above that angled into a shallow grille. This grille looks to be solid and not a grille at all. Presumably, air will be directed through lower sill vents to cool the motor and batteries.

Talking of motor and batteries, we know that Kia and Hyundai have been working on single electric motor configurations with rear wheel drive for the E-GMP. We think this setup will appear in the EV6.

The platform is rated for up to 600 hp, although we don’t expect anywhere near that here. Instead, we think a more modest 300 hp similar to the Hyundai Ioniq.

We also expect a range of around 300 miles and a charging time of just 5 minutes using an 800 volt charger. That translates into 18 minutes for a 350 kW DC fast charger.

The naming convention of the EV6 hints at other vehicles to broaden the range. Kia has said as much in their roadmap talks and press releases. Just what’s in store is still a mystery but we expect a full range of crossovers and SUVs rather than electric sedans or hatchbacks.

We’re not fans of this shift to pure crossovers and SUVs and the Stinger reveal proves that there is still life in other body shapes. Yet here we are. Fortunately, we have Kia’s design prowess to prove that you can still have a thoroughly attractive car even if it is the same shape as everyone else!

Time will tell though.

Kia is planning a full unveiling of the Kia EV6 in the first quarter of 2021. That’s nearly over so presumably, we don’t have long to wait for the full story.

In the meantime, you can explore the full Kia range at Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.

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