Kia EV6 Facelift Provides Glimpse Of EV9 Styling Influence

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The refreshed model has been spied ahead of next year's big update.

It hasn't been very long since Kia introduced the EV6, but the electric crossover is already getting an update. Spotted while testing in Europe, the mid-cycle refresh of the nameplate is slated to be introduced next year.

Despite the heavy camouflage, the facelifted EV6 fails to hide its reshaped headlights, which appear to extend lower on the bumper than the current model. With the rest of the Kia range showing sharp lighting signatures, the lighting update up front isn't surprising. After all, Kia has already confirmed that the flagship EV9 will influence the styling of the refreshed EV6, particularly with its daytime running lights. Design updates on the bumper are also inevitable but not clearly evident on the test vehicle.

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The updated EV6 doesn't show much new on the sides except for the new wheel design. Most of the profile is heavily concealed, but we suspect we will not see substantial updates on this end, given this is only a mid-cycle facelift. Then again, the Hyundai Group isn't shy to employ heavy styling changes even with its facelifted models, so that can't be ruled out.

Meanwhile, the rear end is also expected to receive styling updates, though the automaker has done a good job hiding them. The LED taillights peak through the mesh but appear to be the same as those seen in the outgoing model. Just like in the front, changes in the bumper are expected to be employed in the redesigned model.

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Unfortunately, we didn't see the cabin in the spy video above. We won't be surprised if Kia gives it a slight overhaul, in line with its newest models, such as the EV3 and EV4 concepts, and the boxy EV5 that boasts a cleanly executed dashboard design.

Hyundai Group's E-GMP architecture will still underpin the upcoming Kia EV6 refresh. It will also likely retain its 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which provides up to 310 miles under the less-generous EPA standards.

With a 2021 debut, we expect Kia to reveal the facelifted model in 2024 in Korea. Other markets, such as Europe and the US, will likely get the refreshed version later in the new year.

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