First dedicated EV for Kia will use E-GMP bones
Debuts new naming system for Kia EVs
Kia‘s first dedicated electric vehicle will be the EV6, and this is our first look at both the vehicle and the system Kia plans to use to name its next generation of EVs.
Yes, calling your first purpose built EV the 6 seems like an odd choice, but it gives the brand room to expand both upward and down in both vehicle size and price point. This will be the first vehicle for Kia built on the new E-GMP electric architecture the brand shares with Hyundai (as well as Genesis). The Kia EV6 marks a new design philosophy for the brand that it says “embodies Kia’s shifting focus towards electrification.”
“EV6 is the embodiment of both our brand purpose, ‘Movement that inspires’, and our new design philosophy. It has been designed to inspire every journey by offering an instinctive and natural experience that improves the daily lives of our customers, and provide user ownership that is simple, intuitive and integrated,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. “Our aim is to design the physical experience of our brand and to create bold, original and inventive electric vehicles.”
All of Kia’s new EVs will get a name in the EVX format, where the EV means it’s an EV, and the X will be a number that shows you where it sits in the lineup. Not revolutionary, and we almost always prefer actual names, but this should at least be simple when compared with most alphanumerics.
While this gives a look at the crossover-coupe silhouette, as well as a new rear accent light panel, Kia says the full reveal will happen sometime this quarter.