Kia’s Refreshed EV6 Adds Range and New Infotainment Tech

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  • Kia has introduced a refreshed EV6.
  • The new design has extended range and a new infotainment platform.
  • Launch details in the U.S. aren't yet available.

Kia has introduced a refreshed EV6, and the new crossover includes both design and technology upgrades to keep up with an expanding EV line.

The updated EV6 has a new design language that’s in step with newer models like the EV5 and EV9, including Star Map Signature Lighting.

It also touts a denser 84kWh battery versus the 77.4kWh maximum from before, upping the estimated range from 295 miles to 307 in South Korean testing. The existing EV6 gets an EPA-estimated 310 miles in the U.S., so the facelifted model may have better claimed performance in that country.

The density also translates to slightly faster charging. You can now charge from 10% to 80% in about 18 minutes when using a 350kW station. Only some stations offer that output, so real-world recharges are likely to be slower.

The updated EV6 now uses Kia’s recently launched ccNC infotainment platform. The technology provides more over-the-air features, including streaming services. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay remain available for content from your phone.

The interior has been refined with a curved dual display section, better wireless phone charging, and a smoother ride that includes reduced motor noise.

Kia will sell the new EV6 in South Korea this June starting at the equivalent of $40,500. There’s no word yet on launches in the U.S. or other countries, but the existing model starts at $42,600 for the Light RWD trim.

The EV6 is considered a close counterpart to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and helped usher in a wave of more affordable non-Tesla EVs in 2021. At a few years old, though, it’s relatively dated compared to the EV9 and upcoming cars like the EV3.  This isn’t a full redesign, but it may help the EV6 stay relevant while Kia works on a larger overhaul.