Kia EV6 officially launched (update)
Last week, the new electric flagship of South-Korean car manufacturer Kia was officially launched. The EV6 wants to symbolize the new brand strategy and is the first electric Kia on the dedicated E-GMP platform.
Earlier, we already gave you information about the new philosophy behind the car and a grand overlook of its design features. Today we give you the technical details and the retail prices for Belgium. There is also a pre-reservation possibility during April.
The new EV6 measures approximately 4,7 m in length, 1,9 m in width, and its 1,55 m height indicates its crossover heritage. The car has a 520 l booth in the back (to be enlarged to 1 300 l by folding the rear seat backrest down). There is a small ‘frunk’ of 52 (RWD) or 20 liters (AWD) in the front.
The car offers 400 or 800 V charging capacities. In 18 minutes, the battery pack can be charged from 10 to 80%, 100 km of surplus range can be offered in 4,5 minutes of charging. The car can tow a 1 600 kg trailer and has a V2L function (Vehicle to Load) which can power external features with up to 3,6 kW of electric power.
RWD or AWD
At the moment, the EV6 will be available with two battery packs, the standard 58 kWh or the (long-range) 77,4 kWh. There’s a choice between rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.
The basic model has a 125 kW/169 hp electromotor in the rear, driving the rear wheels. With the biggest battery pack, the power raises to 168 kW/229 hp, and this car has a range of 510 km (WLTP).
The all-wheel-drive versions have two electric motors, with a combined power of 239 kW/325 hp and a maximum torque of 605 Nm. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 kph in 5,2 seconds.
Top of the bill is a real GT version. It is always a four-wheel drive, and the two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear, deliver a combined power of 430 kW/585 hp and a torque of 740 Nm.
This sports version accelerates to 100 kph in 3,5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 kph. It always has the biggest battery pack of 77,4 kWh. A limited-slip differential is also a standard feature.
“This GT-version proves our technological leadership,” says Albert Biermann, responsible for R&D for the whole Hyundai Motor Group. “It combines the performance of a real sportscar with high charging capacity rates. With our dedicated E-GMP platform, we don’t have to make compromises between inspiring space and superb performance.”
The EV6 features the newest generation of energy recuperation systems. Drivers can choose between 6 different recuperation levels, one of them being the i-Pedal modus for maximal recuperation and one-pedal driving up to standstill if preferred.
Of course, the car is equipped with the newest connectivity and infotainment functions, and it also has a head-up display with augmented reality features. The Meridian surround audio system delivers high-fidelity sound. Via Active Sound design, the driver gets audible feedback about the speed of this EV.
It will be no surprise that the car also has abundant ADAS driving aid, including Remote Smart Parking Assist, which allows you to park the car from outside the vehicle. Safe Exit Assist (SEA) warns occupants if another vehicle is approaching from behind and can prevent them from opening the doors inadvertently.
ICE not dead, yet
The production of EV6 will start in July. For the time being, the car will only be built in South Korea, but it will be launched simultaneously in its home country and Europe. Other continents will follow a little bit later. Prices are not yet communicated.
“The EV6 is a new beginning for Kia,” says Kia President and CEO Ho Sung Song. Nevertheless, he expects Kia to be producing ICE cars for quite a while.
“We expect that 40% of our sales will be EV in 2030 and that it will steadily grow thereafter,” Song adds. “But in emerging markets, there will still be a demand for ICE cars for a long time; we intend to respond to it with hybrid or plug-in hybrids.”
People who are interested in the new EV from Kia can subscribe to a pre-reservation as of now. They’ll have to pay €100 as a reservation fee before 30 April.
If they confirm the order before the end of this year (31 December 2021), they get free access to the Ionity network for one year, a one-year subscription to the KiaCharge Advanced network, and 175 kWh for free on both charging networks.
The RWD version’s starting price (one engine, 125 kW) with the standard 58 kWh battery pack in Belgium will be €43 990.
The RWD GT-Line (always with a 77 kWh battery and one engine of 168 kW) will cost €53 690. Apart from the bigger battery, the car also gets specific GT design features, special seat upholstery, and electrically adjustable front seats.
The GT top model (AWD – 77 kWh battery and two engines with 430 kW combined) will cost €64 990 and gets a specific design, larger wheels and brakes, sports seats, intelligent front-lighting, and a premium audio system.