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More than a shared platform brings together the 2022 Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq. The pair of electric vehicles could be hard to distinguish from each other at first glance. It’s worth examining what sets the electric options from Kia and the Hyundai apart

The 2022 Kia EV6 is the first dedicated electric model from the brand

The 2022 EV6 is the first Kia model manufactured with no fossil fuel-powered option. This is just the first of many new electric models that Kia will release soon. Kia pledges to release 11 EVs by 2026. This is an ambitious goal that will set Kia ahead of the industry.

As more and more buyers move to electric options, makers will have to adapt to changing markets. Kia is ahead of the curve and setting EV standards. The automaker’s upcoming lineup has been getting attention. Not only is Kia aggressively expanding their share of the EV market, but they’re also reinventing the brand’s design identity as they go.

The 2022 EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 share features from the ground up

A White 2022 Kia EV6 parked in front of a modern home
2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

The 2022 EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 share the same E-GMP architecture. This means both cars have similar wheelbases, interior dimensions, and specs. Moreover, the similarities don’t end there.

Both cars are expected to deliver the same performance. Kia has not released details as to the EV6’s exact specifications. The two EVs share so many common components that they likely will perform similarly.

A fierce look sets the 2022 Kia EV6 apart

Kia delivers a bold exterior that sets it apart in the EV market. All three Kia design studios collaborated on the EV6. The electric vehicle will feature Kia’s “Digital Tiger Face,” giving it a sportier look. This is a natural evolution of the company’s famous tiger-nose grille. EV shoppers looking for a sporty look with a Sedan ride should consider the EV6.

The EV6 sets interior design standards

neutral interior of the 22 Kia EV6
2022 Kia EV6 | via Kia

Kia is undergoing a design revolution. The automaker recently announced its new “Opposites United” design philosophy. This new move emphasizes harmony and balance. Juxtaposed features enhance each other in Kia’s new design. Opposites United pulls inspiration from the power and simplicity of nature.

The distinctive center console highlights the brand’s new dedication to nature-inspired design. The keyless ignition button sits in a conspicuous angled housing. This visual path curves the cabin toward the driver’s perspective like the path of a river or stream.

Futuristic details define the Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ionic is an homage to another great hot hatch from the brand’s past. The Ioniq 5 is a digital tribute to the 1970 Hyundai Pony. The Pony was a futuristic hot hatch that pushed conventions. The Ioniq 5 follows right in its footsteps.

Nods to a pixelated aesthetic are everywhere. The Ioniq 5’s lights give it a futuristic look. A minimalistic in-line dash elegantly incorporates the controls into the Ioniq 5’s interior. The EV6 is a celebration of the natural world. The Ioniq 5 is a celebration of the digital frontier.