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Kia's first electric car EV6 makes global debut

Kia Corporation, South Korea's second-biggest carmaker, on Monday revealed the design of the EV6, its first dedicated all-electric model built on Hyundai Motor Group's EV platform, ahead of its global unveiling later this month.

The EV6 is based on the group's own Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and developed under Kia's new design philosophy "Opposites United" that embodies its shifting focus toward electrification, Kia said in a statement.

The carmaker said it plans to apply the new design philosophy to all future models. Kia plans to launch seven all-electric models by 2026, and the EV6 is the first model of the planned EV-only lineup.

Kia's first electric car EV6 makes global debut

"With EV6, we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes, while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV," said Senior Vice President Karim Habib in charge of Kia's global design centre.

Of exterior designs, characteristic daytime running lights display a sleek, modern appearance along with the model's Digital Tiger Face, a design progression evoking the spirit of Kia's Tiger Nose Grille for the electrified era, it said.

On the interior design side, the EV6 equipped with the E-GMP platform offers increased space compared with previous Kia EV models based on the existing platform, reports Yonhap news agency. The seamless high-tech curved high-definition audiovisual and navigation (AVN) screen is another appealing element of the new interior.

Last month, Kia's bigger affiliate Hyundai Motor unveiled the IONIQ 5, its first model embedded with the E-GMP platform, as the group strives to morph into a future mobility solutions provider. Hyundai and Kia together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales.

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