Kia enhances EV6 with refreshed design, improved efficiency, uprated safety and advanced technology

by Kenny Yeoh

(Seoul) May 14, 2024 – Kia Corporation (Kia) has introduced the new EV6, an enhanced version of the of the first EV model based on the brand’s industry-changing E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). The significantly revised EV6 features a refreshed exterior design, improved battery performance and a broader range of convenience features.

The new EV6 embodies Kia’s refreshed, family-oriented exterior design with its striking and dynamic aesthetic. Powered by a new 84kWh fourth-generation battery, it boasts an impressive range of up to 494km on a single charge based on the Korean standard.

Kia has further strengthened the EV6’s competitive edge by introducing a range of customer-centric convenience features, including enhancements to the infotainment system through Over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

Bridging the gap between the vehicle and the driver, the new model also includes advanced functionalities such as Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) 2 and Kia’s innovative HOD (Hands on Detection) steering wheel technology. Capacitive sensors recognize steering wheel touches to determine if the driver is in a “hands-on” state to provide a more comfortable driving experience.

Since its launch in August 2021, the EV6 has gained popularity for its groundbreaking design and advanced technology, achieving sales of more than 210,000 units worldwide. Notably, the EV6 made history as the first Korean car to win the highly coveted European Car of the Year title in 2022.

It also took home the prestigious 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year award in the SUV category, while the high-performance EV6 GT was recognized at the 2023 World Car Awards in the World Performance Car category, further cementing the EV6’s leading position in the global EV market.

Enhanced exterior design with Star Map signature lighting

Embracing the concept of ‘Modern Contrast’, the new EV6 showcases Kia’s fresh new family look. The front of the car now incorporates sleek daytime running lights (DRLs) that feature Kia’s innovative Star Map signature lighting, giving the car a futuristic and expansive look.

The overall aesthetic is further enhanced by the flowing character line that seamlessly connects the hood to the lower section of the vehicle, as well as the captivating wing-shaped bumper design, which adds an additional element of dynamism.

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The EV6’s profile further reflects the design concept of ‘Modern Contrast’, with a new wheel design that delivers a sophisticated personality. At the rear, the combination lamps are enhanced with Star Map lighting technology, visually amplifying the vehicle’s sense of width and futuristic appearance. To create a sense of unity and dynamism, the wing-shaped design as seen on the front bumper is reflected in the lower part of the rear bumper.

The EV6 GT-line model further elevates the exterior design with even more dynamic front and rear bumpers, additional LED center positioning lamps and exclusive 20-inch wheels.

The new EV6 offers a diverse selection of eight exterior colors, including the introduction of the striking Ivory Matte Silver finish and other options such as Snow White Pearl, Interstellar Gray, Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier, Moonlight Cloud Matte Gray, Yacht Blue, and Runway Red.

The EV6 GT-line model is offered with a choice of five exterior colors, including the new Wolf Gray and Yacht Matte Blue finishes, along with Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, and Runway Red.

Elevated interior ambience

The new EV6’s interior features sleek design elements that enhance its luxurious and modern ambience. The panoramic curved display combines sophisticated design with a spacious and uncluttered feel. The new ambient lighting accentuates the horizontal shaping of the new EV6’s updated interior, creating a visually stunning effect.

To amplify the car’s sporting character, the EV6 introduces a newly refined steering wheel and an updated crash pad that features a new, elegant pattern. For added convenience, a fingerprint recognition system is integrated into the center console, allowing users to load their driver profile and complete authentication for access to other services. The new EV6’s wireless charging pad now also features an improved design to prevent smartphones from sliding around.

Customers can choose from four interior color options, including new shades such as Medium Gray, Green & Light Gray, and Toffee Brown. The GT-line model features a dedicated Black & White color scheme, adding an extra element of sporty finesse.

Extended Range with 84kWh fourth-generation battery

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Kia has equipped the new EV6 with an 84kWh fourth-generation battery to improve the vehicle’s single-charge range and a choice of electric motor configurations that deliver a maximum of 239kW of power and 605Nm of torque[1] for a superior driving experience and improved comfort. With these enhancements, the 2WD model now boasts a single-charge range of 494km, up from 475km[2].

The fourth-generation battery has a higher energy density, increasing capacity from 77.4kWh to 84kWh for the new EV6. This not only extends the vehicle’s range but also enables faster charging. Equipped with the same 350kW ultra-rapid charging system, the new battery can be recharged from 10-80 percent in under 18 minutes. For the same time spent charging, the new EV6’s larger battery adds more range than its predecessor, boosting customer convenience.

To further enhance driving comfort, the new EV6 features upgraded frequency selective suspension dampers to deliver improved stability on the uneven surfaces. Kia has also focused on reducing motor noise by enhancing the rear motor’s sound insulation to improve overall refinement and the driving experience.

Advanced convenience features for a class-leading mobility experience 

Kia has enhanced the new EV6’s product competitiveness by equipping it with advanced infotainment features based on the brand’s Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) architecture. These customer-centric convenience features aim to enhance connectivity between the vehicle and user.

The new EV6 features Kia’s next-generation infotainment system and connected car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC), which provides a more convenient mobility experience. It also offers expanded OTA software updates to ensure that the vehicle’s digital systems remain up to date. The infotainment system includes streaming services for video and high-quality audio content, as well as precise voice recognition capabilities for seamless use.

The new EV6 also features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a walk-away lock feature that automatically locks the doors when the driver exits the vehicle with the key, an ‘e hi-pass’ system for toll payments without a physical card, Kia Digital Key 2, and a fingerprint authentication system.

To enhance safety and convenience, Kia has incorporated various Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features. These include the Hands-on Detection (HoD) steering wheel, Lane Following Assist 2 (LFA 2), Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) and front, side, and rear Parking Collision-avoidance Assist (PCA-F/S/R). These features assist the driver and enhance safety on every journey.

The new EV6 also features a reinforced body thanks to stronger, thicker B-pillars, and is equipped with a comprehensive 10-airbag safety system, including an additional second-row side airbag to ensure high levels of protection for all occupants.

Numerous additional features are fitted to the EV6 to significantly enhance customer convenience, such as the electrically adjustable (rake and reach) steering wheel, air-conditioner photocatalyst sterilization system, 12-inch Head-Up Display (HUD), Digital Center Mirror (DCM) and Built-in-Cam 2 system.

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Disclaimer: All features and updates introduced in this release are based on the Korean domestic models.

[1] Based on 4WD model.

[2] Based on 19-inch wheel, non-Built-in-Cam option, combined range, Korea standard.

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