2025 Kia EV6: Facelift unveiled with bigger battery

Although the Kia EV6 is only a few years old, a significant update for the electric hatchback was revealed in South Korea overnight.

Externally, the most noticeable elements are the new J-shaped headlights, between which is placed a small, black plastic interpretation of the company’s classic tiger nose grille.

The changes up top forced a bunch of less noticeable changes to the rest of the front bumper.

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The rest of the exterior looks untouched, though there are new 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheel designs.

While much of the interior is unchanged, the upper part of the dashboard has been revised to accommodate the new one-piece housing for the instrument display and touchscreen infotainment system.

Gone is the car’s current trapezoidal fairing, which has been replaced by a curved rectangular plate. The infotainment system supports both wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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In front of the driver, there is an updated two- and three-spoke steering wheel design. New available features include a digital rearview mirror, an upgraded 12.0-inch head-up display, augmented reality navigation and a fingerprint reader that can be used for keyless entry.

The vast amounts of glossy piano black plastic on the center tunnel appear to have been replaced.

In the facelifted EV6, over-the-air updates aren’t limited to the infotainment and navigation system, with Kia now able to roll out new software for the drivetrain and other systems.

For its launch in South Korea, the facelifted EV6 is available with two powertrains: a single-motor rear-wheel drive with 168kW and 350Nm, and a dual-wheel drive version with 239kW and 605Nm.

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Kia says the new engines are quieter than before and claims to have made the body stiffer and retuned the car’s suspension to improve ride comfort.

Both rear and all-wheel drive EV6 models come with a larger 84kWh, which now supports DC fast charging up to 350kW. The unladen weight is from 1985 kg to 2100 kg depending on the specification of the car.

In Korean tests, the range is claimed to be between 432 km (all-wheel drive with 20-inch wheels) and 494 km (rear-wheel drive with 19-inch wheels).

The revised EV6 goes on sale in South Korea in June. Timing for the Australian market as well as specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed.

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