Stunning electric

Kia revealed

Kia EV6
Kia EV6 overhead
Kia EV6 rear threequarters
Kia EV6 cockpit

KIA has revealed the first images of its first-ever dedicated battery electric vehicle, the EV6, ahead of the car's on-line world premiere later this month.

Unlike the Korean company's existing electrically-powered models, the Soul and e-Niro, which share their underpinnings with conventionally-powered models, the EV6 is built on a new modular platform reserved exclusively for battery electric vehicles.

Although Kia will not release full details until the end of this month, it's known that the EV6 will share the new platform with sister company Hyundai's recently launched Ioniq 5 so it's likely the Kia will feature the same electrified power trains with either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh battery packs and two electric motor layouts - a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors, the latter providing all-wheel drive.Range on a single charge can be expected to be up to 300 miles.

With stunning coupe-like, crossover styling, the EV6 is the first model which has been created under the brand's new design philosophy ‘Opposites United' which, says the company, takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity.

It lays down a new look both inside and out - a look you can expect to be seen in a wave of new fully electric models which will be built on the same platform over the coming years.

"EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centred, progressive design and electrified power. We strongly believe EV6 is a compelling and relevant model for the new EV market," says Karim Habib, the company's senior vice president and head of its' global design centre.

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