Kia EV6 Upgrades Keep Pace With Newer BEVs

The Kia EV6, which was the South Korean automaker’s first dedicated BEV, is now up to par with its newer EVs introduced in the last 18 months.

David Kiley, Senior Editor

May 16, 2024

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The 2025 EV6 for South Korea, but the updates will carry through to the U.S.
The 2025 EV6 for South Korea, but the updates will carry through to the U.S.

Kia unveils a midcycle update of its EV6, its first dedicated BEV that was introduced in 2021. The company reveals the updates in South Korea but foretells the changes to the U.S. version for the 2025 model year.

The improved EV6 includes new front and rear lighting executions, and new daytime running lights with Kia’s “Star Map Signature Lighting,” which has shown up on the automaker’s EV9 and EV5.

Other upgrades include a wing-shaped bumper design and redesigned wheels.

The EV6 facelift also features a bigger battery (84 kWh), up from the previous 77.4-kWh pack. Kia’s fourth-gen battery pack enables up to 307 miles (494 km), up from 295 miles (475 km) in the previous model.

The new battery allows for faster charging. The new EV6 will charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes with 350 kW fast charging.

The 2025 EV6 includes Kia’s new ccNC infotainment system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, remote smart-parking assist and voice recognition. The new system also expands the vehicle’s OTA-updatable features.

The ride comfort of the EV6 was already laudable, but Kia upgraded the quietness with “frequency-sensitive shock absorbers” and motor noise control. There is also a new panoramic curved display, a redesigned steering wheel and a better wireless charging pad.

The company also reveals the new EV6 GT with a sportier exterior design, exclusive 20-in. wheels and an added front LED center lamp. The GT Line will start at $46,200.The new EV6 is expected to launch in South Korea in June.

Kia sold 32,000 BEVs in the U.S. last year. In April, Kia's electric-vehicle sales added up to 3,623. (according to Wards Intelligence data?) That’s a 192% increase year-over-year and a 5.5% share of the brand’s total volume.

Still, the company has increased sales incentives on its BEVs –offering up to $12,000 off 2024 EV6 and EV9 models.

About the Author(s)

David Kiley

Senior Editor, WardsAuto

David Kiley is an award winning journalist. Prior to joining WardsAuto, Kiley held senior editorial posts at USA Today, Businessweek, AOL Autos/Autoblog and Adweek, as well as being a contributor to Forbes, Fortune, Popular Mechanics and more.

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