We liked the Kia Imagine concept, which debuted at the 2019 Geneva auto show. It was well proportioned, with taillights evoking the Kia Stinger and an oversized variation of the brand’s “tiger nose” grille. But it seemed to fall somewhat short of the almost limitless potential afforded by the Hyundai Group’s flexible E-GMP electric platform. When Kia decided to fast-forward it into production, design chief Luc Donckerwolke ordered a comprehensive redesign. He placed a group of designers in a remote location in Bavaria and left them with a model of the Lancia Stratos for inspiration.
Seems his approach worked: With its slim and low front end, long greenhouse, sculpted fenders, and an ultra-aggressive rear end with surprising light effects, the Kia EV6 looks unlike anything else on the road. And that includes its closest siblings, the retro-futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the softly styled Genesis GV60. The Kia EV6 does pay homage to the Stratos—not just its tail end, but also the helmet-like greenhouse.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.