Kia’s first dedicated EV, built on E-GMP platform
Multiple motor and battery configurations, up to 577 hp
The Kia EV6 is the first electric model for the brand built on a dedicated electric platform. It offers a max range of more than 510 km, ultra-fast charging, quick acceleration, and new advanced driver assistance features. And it’s set to go on sale later this year.
This is the first Kia on the new Hyundai Group electric platform, but more than just new bones, it has all-new styling for Kia. Chunky sides, big curves, and a complete lack of Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille. Even though they’re calling it “Digital Tiger Face.” It looks to further blur the line between hatchback and crossover, and, frankly, we’re here for it.
The E-GMP underpinnings allow for a 2,900 mm wheelbase to give it mid-size SUV-like interior space with a compact crossover footprint. That also means new interior packaging including a massive curved infotainment screen and thin and light seats Kia calls Relaxation Seats. Which also use fabrics made from recycled plastic. 520L of cargo space with the rear seats up and 1,300 with them down is more than the looks would suggest, while a front trunk is 20L on North America-bound models.
Kia says it will offer multiple electric powertrain configurations including standard 58 kWh and long-range 77.4 kWh battery backs. Both will be offered with two-wheel drive or AWD, and the rear-drive model with the larger battery can do 510 km on the WLTP charge cycle. Loads of different horsepower levels will be available ranging from the base model RWD LR with 225 hp and AWD with 320 hp (through two motors) through GT-Line SR with 167 hp (rwd) and 232 hp (AWD), and then GT with 577 hp and 546 lb-fr letting it hit 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Though the car has a 400V architecture, it can charge at 800V, allowing 10 to 80 percent battery in 18 minutes. It can also discharge from the battery, letting you plug up to 3.6 kW of electronics into the car, even letting you charge another EV.
Tech features inside include a 14-speaker Meridian audio system as well as an augmented reality head-up display. It will also add Highway Driving Assist 2, which can center the vehicle in-lane, even through curves. It’s a hands-on system but can handle manoeuvres like signalled lane changes. Reservations open for the car today in certain markets and expect deliveries in the second half of 2021.