Stylish EV6 sparks Kia's new electric era
THIS futuristic wagon with concept car looks from Kia should be gliding our way before too long, writes William Scholes.
Called the EV6, it is Kia's take on the same battery-electric car platform found beneath the equally striking Hyundai Ioniq 5 which we featured on these pages recently.
Both cars show the depth of ambition from the Korean sister brands as they seek to take advantage of the disruption EVs are causing across the car market.
Where some rival mainstream brands seem to have been caught flat-footed by the rush to electric, Kia and Hyundai seem to be a step ahead.
Like the Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6 is more of a crossover than a higher-riding SUV in appearance.
Its sleek bodywork should house a spacious interior, courtesy of a 'skateboard' platform that helps maximises space.
The dashboard is more conventional than the stripped-back minimalism of the Ioniq - a deliberate move on Kia's part - but it still looks striking.
Range ought to be more than 300 miles - the platform, as premiered by Hyundai, has a 72.6kWh battery that can be recharged at up to 200kW (not in Northern Ireland, however, where public chargers are far s-l-o-w-e-r...).
Don't expect the EV6 to be cheap. It signals the start of a new generation of Kia cars and as befits its range-topping status is likely to cost around £50k.