Kia Upgrades EV6 for 2025 Model Year

May 16th, 2024 by


The Kia Corp announced it would become the next all-electric automaker in the industry, and it wowed us with the Kia EV6. Known as the first all-electric model with no gasoline or plug-in predecessor, the EV6 was one-of-a-kind. It was soon followed by the very successful Kia EV9, and more concepts soon popped up, including the Kia EV5, and the Kia EV4 and EV3 concepts. Despite the EV6 being the first, the EV9 seems to have stolen the spotlight, winning awards left and right. It only makes sense Kia wants to give a little more love to the original battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and upgrade the EV6 for 2025.

When we say the EV6 is the first all-electric Kia model with no gasoline or plug-in predecessor, we are talking about the habit Kia has of taking a popular model and electrifying it. Before the Kia Optima was traded for the sporty Kia K5, a hybrid and plug-in hybrid option were released. In recent years, the same can be said for the Kia Sorento, releasing the Sorento Hybrid (HEV) and Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, and the Kia Sportage, followed by a Sportage HEV and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant, the Sportage Plug-in Hybrid. Even the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover, was quickly outshined by the Niro Plug-in and the Niro EV.

The same fate could happen to the EV6 hatchback with the award-winning Kia EV9 all-electric SUV, but overseas, Kia is upgrading the EV6 for the upcoming model year. Nothing like a little refresh of the style and an upgraded powertrain to put a vehicle back in the spotlight. Based on pictures of the Kia EV6 for the Korean market, the new front fascia adopts the new pattern of “Star Map” lighting making a polygonal pattern, plus a new front bumper and an illuminated crossbar. New geometric wheels in black and silver, size 19 or 20 inches bring it closer to the EV9. The GT-Line gets some defining characteristics with a new mock diffuser and a three-spoke steering wheel. Some new tech also pops up, such as a digital rearview mirror, new ambient lighting with “dynamic graphics\ Kia Digital Key 2, and a fingerprint sensor for added security.

An upgrade wouldn’t be complete without improving the powertrain. Currently, the EV6 is powered by a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous powertrain with a 77.4 kWh battery. Power outputs vary depending on the trim. The max power output is 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque on the GT trim with all-wheel drive (AWD), plus an all-electric range (AER) of 218 miles.  The new powertrain comes with 84.0 kWh, and the AER has been upgraded from a max of 295 miles to 307 miles in Korea, 310 miles based on United States estimates.

As usual, a debut for North America won’t be too far behind after the upgraded Kia EV6 arrives in the South Korean market. Be sure to stay up to date and learn more about the Kia EV6 and other Kia BEVs when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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