First Sight: Kia EV6 unveiled as Habib outlines new design strategy


Kia’s EV6 suggests a softer, more subtle interpretation of its current design language. Senior design VP Karim Habib, however, wants to focus on concepts rather than style

Before Kia’s answer to the full-electric Hyundai Ioniq  5 – the EV6 – broke cover late on Sunday 14th March 2021 (23:00 GMT), Car Design News had an early chat with senior design VP Karim Habib about the stylish ‘two-box’ EV and what’s next. Spoiler alert: It could include MPV-like ‘mono-volume’ vehicles again…

Kia’s PRs remains tight-lipped about the EV6’s exact dimensions but judging by early pictures and because we know it’s based on the same dedicated new electric car architecture as the Ioniq 5 (dubbed E-GMP) it will likely have a similarly long 3000mm wheelbase as the new Hyundai. An inside source suggested the EV6 will probably be a little longer overall than the 4635mm-long Ioniq 5 too.

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