Kia EV6 to adopt new family look for 2024 refresh
The EV6 is expected to get a makeover inspired by the EV9 in the coming months
- Subtle refresh to keep EV6 fresh
- Tweaks likely to mirror new EV5 and EV9 models
- Rear-wheel drive and hot dual-motor EV6 GT
The Kia EV6 is one of the more sharply-styled and distinctive cars on today’s roads, but no car is immune from a light redesign now and then, something it will be getting around the middle of next year.
Speaking to Carbuyer, marketing director for Kia Europe, David Hilbert, confirmed the EV6 would be refreshed, saying: “Sometime in the future, there will be enhancements to [EV6], and having that common design language [with EV9] will be something to look forward to.”
How is the facelifted Kia EV6 expected to look?
That suggests the biggest change will be to the EV6’s headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs), as shown in our exclusive render above. It’s a more complex look than the current car, with slimmer lights and an upright element to the DRLs, while between them, we’re expecting a slim trim element to replace the EV6’s already minimal front grille.
Likewise, changes at the rear are likely to incorporate Kia’s new ‘starmap’ tail light design, though it remains to be seen whether this design feature will retain the current, and very distinctive full-width light bar.
We’re also expecting changes inside. While the overall layout probably won’t change much – and it doesn’t really need to, given it still looks and feels modern – the updated EV6 may well include a three-screen display layout like that found in the EV9. Hopefully, this would also include a few more physical buttons, replacing the fiddly climate control and media touch panel below the air vents in the current model.
How about the EV6’s performance and range figures?
The EV6’s motor and battery options are likely to remain the same, meaning power outputs between 226bhp (for the rear-wheel drive model) and 577bhp (for the EV6 GT), and a battery pack in the region of the current model’s 77kWh.
With no great changes underneath, it’s unlikely the EV9’s larger 100kWh pack will fit – but the EV6’s fast charging capability (up to 350kW) and up to 328-mile range means this is no hardship.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The Kia EV6 was the brand’s first dedicated electric car (following models based on existing platforms, like the Soul EV), and it remains one of our favourites. By keeping the same basic recipe, the updated model should maintain the car’s best qualities while giving it a little more pep in the showroom when it arrives sometime during the summer of 2024.
Read our in-depth review of the Kia EV6, or check out our rundown of the best electric cars on sale
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