Kia EV6 facelift breaks cover; Indian debut expected in 2025

Kenneth John Published: May 14, 2024, 03:25 PM IST

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 recently received an update, and now its cousin, the Kia EV6 facelift, has debuted in South Korea, and it appears to be even more appealing than its predecessor. The EV6 is already available in India (outgoing model) at Rs 60.97 lakh (ex-showroom) and the updated car is only expected to come to India next year.

Kia EV6 facelift: Exterior

The front fascia is the most major alteration to the exterior. The revised Kia EV6 has the brand's new 'Star Map Signature Lighting' on both the front daytime running lights (DRLs) and the rear combo lamps, giving it a distinct and broad appearance.

Kia's designers also modified the remainder of the crossover's front fascia, including the bumper and lower grille region. The remainder of the EV6's bodywork has stayed mostly intact, except freshly styled black and silver wheels available in 19-inch and 20-inch widths. The trademark single LED light bar at the back spans the whole width of the EV, giving it a distinguishing appearance.

Kia EV6 facelift: Interior and Features

Inside, the Kia EV6 has a revised curved panoramic screen that contains the digital instrument cluster and infotainment display. The Kia logo has been shifted to the right on the new steering wheel, and there is now a fingerprint reader that allows owners to start the car without a key. The infotainment system now includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for faster connection of mobile devices.

Other new features include a digital rearview mirror, an upgraded heads-up display, and OTA (over-the-air) upgrades to the EV's control systems. Kia has also added the same augmented reality navigation technology which combines the front camera with visual overlays.

Kia EV6 facelift: Powertrain

Similar to the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6's 77.4 kWh battery has been replaced with a new 84kWh unit. With the additional capacity, Kia boasts that the new standard rear-wheel-drive EV6 with 19-inch wheels can now travel up to 494 kilometers on a single charge, up from 475 in the previous model. In terms of charging, the larger battery enables 350 kW DC fast charging, which can charge the battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

The standard rear-wheel drive models generate 228PS and 350Nm of torque, whilst the dual-motor variants produce 325PS and 605Nm of torque. Kia claims that the new EV6 also has improved ride comfort by tweaking the dampers and adding body reinforcements to boost safety.

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1591cc
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