The Kia EV6 is in for a significant design and tech overhaul, aligning it more closely with the recently launched EV9 flagship model. Set to debut in mid-2024, the upcoming facelift will introduce a cleaner front end and distinct daytime running lights (DRLs) to the EV6, as revealed by Auto Express.
Kia Europe’s Marketing Director, David Hilbert, mentioned, “Some time in the future, there will be enhancements to [EV6], and having that common design language [with EV9] will be something to look forward to.” While Hilbert didn’t delve into specific details regarding these enhancements, it’s implied that the EV6 will share design elements with the EV9 and other EV models, like the EV5 SUV and EV3 and EV4 concepts.
The updates will likely bring slimmer headlights and more distinctive vertical DRLs to the EV6. The current car’s narrow grille is expected to be replaced by a single piece of slim black trim, and the front end will be flatter. The overall dimensions of the EV6 are not expected to change.
Kia’s recent models, including the EV3, EV4, EV5, and EV9, share a ‘Starmap’ tail-light design. The refreshed EV6 is likely to adopt a similar signature. However, it remains uncertain whether the new look will incorporate the full-width lightbar that currently connects the rear clusters.
Inside the facelifted EV6, a significant tech upgrade is expected. This may include adopting the three-screen layout from the EV9, potentially eliminating the need for the EV6’s somewhat complicated touch panel, which toggles between climate control and media functions. Physical buttons for heating and ventilation, similar to those in the EV9, may be added.
Under the skin, the EV6 will likely retain its E-GMP platform and a range of rear and dual-motor powertrains. While the EV9 offers a larger 99.8 kWh battery, it is unlikely to be integrated into the smaller EV6 due to size and weight differences. However, the EV6 will maintain its 800-volt architecture and high peak charge speed, allowing for a 10-80% charge in under 20 minutes.
Hilbert didn’t provide a precise timeline for the updated EV6 but suggested a typical cadence of a facelift every three years and a full model change every six years. This implies that camouflaged test cars might be seen early in 2024, with a full reveal anticipated in the summer.