TOKYO – Kia, in teasing its first next-generation electric vehicle, is adopting a new nomenclature for the upcoming series that leaves little doubt about its lineage.
The names of the new battery-powered vehicles will start with the prefix EV, followed by a number. And the first entry riding on Kia’s new dedicated all-electric platform will be the EV6.
“All of Kia’s new dedicated BEVs will start with the prefix ‘EV’ which makes it easy for consumers to understand which of Kia’s products are fully electric,” Kia Corp. announced Tuesday in South Korea.
The EV6 electric crossover will make its world premiere in the first quarter, Kia added.
Ahead of that unveiling, Kia teased silhouette shots of the EV6, showing a low-riding crossover with a short hood, elongated cabin and steeply raked rear window. Sporty rear fender flares provide a robust, planted look, while funky wrap-around taillights project a high-tech, digital feel.
The pincher-like accent lighting around the front headlamps is also a new design cue for Kia.