Updated Kia EV6 Gains So More Than Just A Pretty New Face

The angular headlights on this facelifted Kia EV6 is joined by a wholly revised interior and better battery specs. 

Three years on from its initial unveiling, Kia has recently revealed a newly-updated iteration of its EV6. This particular mid-life update for the South Korean all-electric crossover has brought with it a significantly sharper face, in addition to a moderately revised interior and an enlarged battery pack.  

Starting first with the changes made to its design during this mid-life update, this newly-facelifted Kia has gained the usual subtly reshaped bumpers on both ends and new alloy wheel designs. Standard variants of the EV6 also netted a subtly reprofiled side skirts, while GT-line trims net an additional illuminated lower strip that resemble fangs on its front centre panel.

Though of course, the headline aesthetic alteration with this updated EV6 is unquestionably to be its new set of angular C-shaped LED headlights. These new illuminative items incorporate within it the current corporate constellation-inspired “Star Map” daytime running light signatures, to yield a face on that is now more in line with its other newly-unveiled numbered EV counterparts. 

Moving along inside meanwhile, this updated EV6 features a revised curved panoramic screen ahead of its new the twin-spoke steering wheel. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also since been added, but the new fingerprint reader that allow registered drivers to start this Kia without the key is perhaps the cooler tech toy that has been added during this facelift. 

Having said that, in contention for the coolest tech addition award in this updated EV6 is also to be the new augmented reality navigation system that Kia has borrowed from its upmarket Genesis sister brand. Other notable new interior kit that has made its way into this South Korean e-crossover includes an improved head-up display and a digital rear-view mirror with built-in dash cam, in addition to a new digital key and photocatalytic sterilisation for the air conditioning. 

As for what has changed under the skin, the updated EV6 now nets a new fourth-generation battery with an increased capacity of 84 kWh (up from 77.4 kWh). This enlarged pack apparently sees for the rear-wheel drive variants to have gained an extra 14 km of driving range from the 475 km quoted figure of its pre-facelift-predecessor, while it still retains the same 350 kW DC fast charging capability for a 10-80% top up in just 18 minutes. 

Aside from the new battery, Kia asserts that it has quietened the motors and retuned the dampers for an even more refined driving experience with this updated EV6. This new electric crossover features now too a thickened B-pillar for increased body rigidity, as well as a new front centre airbag and rear side airbags for improved crash protection. 

The updated EV6 will land in South Korean showrooms next month, with prices ranging from 55.4 million won (RM191,000) to 63.15 million won (RM218,000). No word yet on when this facelift will be making its way to Malaysia though, or if it will even be landing locally in the first place…

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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