Kia EV6 Facelift (2024 launch): What to Expect

  • Looks, interior, features and range expected to get a boost in the new EV6
  • Prototypes reveal new headlamp design which is similar to the EV3 & EV4 concepts
  • EV9-like display and wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto also on the cards for the facelift
  • Expected to be launched in the U.S. as the MY2025 Kia EV6

Update: ‘Design’ ‘Interior,’ and ‘Specifications’ sections revised.

The Kia EV6, revealed in March 2021, was the company’s inaugural launch on the E-GMP platform. Recent spy media from S.Korea confirms that the company is conducting road tests of an improved version, which will carry design changes, and is expected to hit dealers this year, worldwide. Here’s what we know, and expect from the new EV6, which is likely to be released in the U.S. as the 2025 Kia EV6.

Design

Kia EV6 Facelift (2024 launch) render
Going by recent spy shots, the design of the new EV6 (rendered) would have similarities with the EV4 and EV3 concepts unveiled during the EV day event in October 2023.

While the EV6’s design has been well-received globally, recent sightings of camouflaged prototypes in South Korea suggest big changes, particularly in the front end of the vehicle. The new EV6 features a revised front bumper and headlamps, inspired by the look of the EV3 and EV4 concepts. The headlamp features vertically integrated projector lenses, flanked by a V-Shaped daytime running light, as depicted in our exclusive rendering. Furthermore, Kia designers are expected to dish out new wheel options and perhaps additional body color choices.

The headlamps of the facelifted EV6 should feature a new ‘Intelligent Front-Lighting System.’ This system deactivates individual LEDs to ensure the headlamps don’t dazzle oncoming drivers.

Interior

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line dashboard
Like the EV9 (pictured), future version of the EV6 should upgrade to the flatter ‘Triple Panoroma Display’ in the dashboard, and switch to a column-mounted drive selector.

New shifter

Inside, the updated EV6 is expected to follow in the footsteps of its younger siblings, the EV9 and EV5, in terms of design and technology. A major anticipated change is the replacement of the rotary knob gear selector with a column-mounted shifter, which should offer a cleaner look and added storage space between the front seats. Digital Key 2 and rear-seat remote folding should add convenience to customers.

Upgraded screens

The new EV6 should feature a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, both running on Hyundai Motor Group’s new connected car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) software that supports wireless OTA updates. The infotainment system should include wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto support.

Safety improvements

On the safety front, Kia may offer new features like Hands-On Detection steering wheel, Lane Keeping Assist 2, Remote Smart Parking Assist 2, and improved Parking Collision Avoidance-Assist that helps avoid a collision with pedestrians or objects to not only the rear but also sides and front while parking or while exiting a parking space. Second-row side airbags and body reinforcement should lead to enhanced passive safety.

Specifications

We’re expecting the new EV6 to gain in both performance and efficiency in future updates. In the U.S., the existing model is offered with two battery choices, providing a range of up to 303 miles. The larger 77.4 kWh battery is expected to be replaced by the new fourth-gen 84 kWh battery pack that debuted in the Ioniq 5 N.

In South Korea, Hyundai has switched the top-end Ioniq 5 to the 84 kWh unit with the facelift. It revealed that this change increased the EV’s range by nearly 6%. The new battery similarly takes 18 minutes for a 10-80% DC charging session.

Offering an 8.4% improvement in energy density, thanks to new materials and optimized cell design, the 84.0 kWh battery pack could increase the range of the new EV6 to over 325 miles. The fourth-gen battery pack is also expected to make it to future versions of the EV6 GT.

Price & Release Date

S.Korean outlet Chosun Biz has reported that the Kia EV6 facelift will enter production in the first half of 2024, at Autoland Hwaseong, the company’s plant in S.Korea. It adds that the production plans were revealed during the Kia Labor-Management Employment Stability Committee, held on December 2, 2023.

Kia EV6 Facelift (MY2025 for USA) illustration
We expect the refreshed model (rendered) to be released as the 2025 Kia EV6 in the United States in the latter half of this year.

We’re anticipating the new Kia EV6 to hit the U.S. market as a 2025 model in the second half of the year. As for pricing, we expect the refresh to start slightly above the current model’s base price of around $42,600. With its arrival, the EV6 will challenge familiar rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, Subaru Solterra, and Toyota bZ4X.

2025 Kia EV6 GT spotted testing

The 2025 Kia EV6 GT is also likely to be a facelifted model. YouTube channel CarSpyMedia has released a video of a facelifted EV6 prototype and claims it to be of the model’s high-performance GT variant.

The test mule features lower-set, dual-module headlights, which gives away that it’s the facelifted version of the EV6. We’re hoping Kia distinguishes the GT variant better with the facelift. Currently, the EV6 GT’s exclusive features include 21-inch wheels, subtly modified bumpers, neon brake calipers, neon interior accents, etc. The technical changes discussed earlier in the story would also apply to the incoming EV6 GT version.

TopElectricSUV says

The Hyundai Motor Group is moving quickly with its EV program, adding, refreshing and replacing models ahead of the usual lifecycles. As the EV6 operates in the competitive mid-size SUV market, where nearly every major manufacturer is already involved or planning to enter, these enhancements are crucial. The upgraded looks, range and interior would align the EV6 with newer models Kia’s EV line-up, ensuring that it stays fresh and relevant. These serve as a strong indication to consumers that the company values and actively responds to their feedback.

Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s exclusive illustration of the new Kia EV6.