Other than badges, almost all carmakers give their vehicles a signature design language. These often instantly identify the maker of that particular model. And for Kia, it has long been the “tiger nose” grille. Now, however, the Korean automaker is giving us a glimpse of what its future vehicles could look like with this preview of the soon-to-be-launched EV6 battery-electric vehicle.
In Kia-speak, “Opposites United” is the name of the new styling philosophy of the upcoming BEV. It is inspired by the contrasting stuff we normally see. According to the company, this is guided by key design pillars such as “Bold for Nature,” “Joy for Reason,” “Power to Progress,” “Technology for Life,” and “Tension for Serenity.” We think that these are all just marketing gibberish. What we can agree on is that the EV6 looks damn good.
The front end is very different from the Kia cars of today, save for the signature grille that has been refreshed to fit the new design language. This is flanked by sleek headlamps that have LED strips surrounding it. Speaking of the front fascia, the air intake on the lower part of the bumper isn’t for cooling purposes. Its job is to channel air toward the flat floor. The same, sleek motif continues to the sides. From the swept-back windshield, the fancy creases, the roof that tapers down the rear end, and the unique taillamp cluster, the EV6’s look has been done quite tastefully.
Inside, the EV6 ushers in Kia’s new interior design scheme for its electrified vehicles. It is rather spacious, and the seat fabric is made from recycled materials. The highlight of the cabin, though, has to be the curved high-definition display. From the steering wheel to the center stack, this huge screen has everything—instrumentation, infotainment and navigation. To preserve the clean look, Kia opted for panels with haptic feedback rather than actual buttons.
Not much technical information was provided other than the fact that the vehicle will ride on the E-GMP platform codeveloped with Hyundai. These juicy bits will probably be discussed in the world premiere of the EV6 in a few days’ time. But judging from these pictures, do you like what you’re seeing so far?