Granted, you won’t go wrong with the Ioniq 5 and EV6 – in terms of styling, the only thing they really have in common is to suggest that the designers at Hyundai Motor Group have a soft spot for classic Italian rally cars. . While the Ioniq 5 echoes the Lancia Delta, Kia designer Luc Donckerwolke has suggested that the EV6’s slightly wedge-shaped body is inspired by the Lancia Stratos. As with the Ioniq and Delta, it’s a comparison that only works proportionately: the EV6 is essentially a mid-size crossover: it’s 4,695mm long and 1,550mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,900mm (up from 3,000 mm for the Ioniq 5).
Yet even hidden under a semi-camouflaged black envelope, the presence of the EV6 is impressive. The bold front – called the ‘digital tiger face’ – is unmistakably stylish and is also sculpted with various active aero elements. There are flush door handles, clean aerodynamic side surfaces and a spoiler almost integrated into the rear trunk lip that features integrated lights.
As is the trend with electric vehicles, the EV6 will be offered with single and dual engine versions offering front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive of varying power. There will be multiple battery sizes, although all UK models will feature a 77.4 kWh unit offering up to 328 miles for the entry-level rear-drive 226 hp model.
Our prototype test car came in the GT-Line trim and featured the 321bhp twin-engine all-wheel drive powertrain that will be the top of the lineup until the Porsche Taycan S-baiting EV6 GT from 577 hp arrives in the second half of 2022 (and yes, we just compared a Kia to a Porsche. See what Knipping meant about that car that changed the Kia brand?)