Kia appears to be readying a round of updates for its EV6 electric compact crossover, as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype recently spotted testing in Europe.
The prototype is for the updated version of the EV6 GT performance flagship, but prototypes for updated versions of the regular EV6 should also be out testing.
The EV6 arrived in the U.S. for the 2022 model year and spawned the EV6 GT for 2023. In Kia tradition, the updated model should arrive for the 2025 model year, meaning a debut next year is likely.
An updated version of the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 is also testing and should also arrive in the U.S. as a 2025 model.
The EV6 GT prototype spotted was heavily camouflaged but still visible were a new front end with redesigned headlights that appear to sit lower than the lights on the current EV6 range. There was also a new design for the center intake section, and a new wheel pattern.
It isn't clear what mechanical changes are planned, though there will likely be some tweaks to the motors or batteries, or possibly both.
Based on Hyundai Motor Group's flexible E-GMP platform, the EV6 delivers up to 310 miles of range as estimated by the EPA. The EV6 GT only rates in at 218 miles but has a healthy 576 hp on tap from a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain, or enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph.
It's possible more power will come with this upgrade as Hyundai's Ioniq 5 N performance flagship introduced for 2024 packs 641 hp.