The first model on a dedicated electric platform from Kia, the EV6 is a family crossover with up to 510 km of range. A sporty GT version is also on the program.
The Hyundai group is one of the most inclined to transition to electric mobility. In Europe, Hyundai and Kia are among the first sellers of electric cars, with the very popular Kia e-Niro in particular.
However, the current electric cars of the South Korean group are derived from thermal models, which induces many technological constraints. Hyundai Motor Group does not intend to stop there, however, and has developed a platform dedicated to electric cars called E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). After Hyundai and its Ioniq 5, it is Kia’s turn to present its first model to be based on this platform, the EV6.
A new design philosophy
As its name suggests, the EV6 will soon be part of a larger family of 7 Kia models exclusively available in electric, for a total of 11 electric cars in the manufacturer’s lineup by 2026. The EV6 is quite a crossover. large, measuring 4.68m long and 1.88m wide. It inaugurates a new design philosophy called Opposites United (the alliance of opposites), with fairly clean lines. However, it does not lack personality, especially with its original stern to say the least.
Inside, Kia has made sure to use “responsible” materials, including recycled plastic, vegetable-tanned leather or genuine leather tanned with linseed oil. For the rest, the presentation is intended to be quite refined, like the floating center console.
According to Kia, the E-GMP platform allows the EV6 to offer generous roominess, thanks to its wheelbase of 2.90 m. The trunk volume announced is 520 L (VDA) and is supplemented by a compartment under the front hood of 52 L on the two-wheel drive versions, or 20 L on the four-wheel drive versions.
Two 12 ”diagonal screens are positioned on the dashboard, integrated into a curved panel. The central screen is completed by a touch panel allowing the display of customizable shortcuts, like what the latest Peugeot 308 offers. Kia is also announcing a head-up display in augmented reality for its EV6, as well as connected services. Kia Connect (formerly UVO), Remote Updates (OTA) and a Level 2 autonomous driving system called Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2).
Up to 510 km of autonomy
The EV6 is available in different versions. It will be possible to opt for a battery of 58 kWh (standard-range) or 77.4 kWh (long-range), in two-wheel drive (propulsion) or four-wheel drive. The version with the greatest autonomy will be the one equipped with the large battery of 77.4 kWh in two-wheel drive. It announces a combined cycle range of 510 km (WLTP). This is more than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 which announces up to 480 km of autonomy, and for good reason, it is limited to a battery of 72.6 kWh at most.
On the recharging side, it will be possible to go from 10 to 80% charge in at least 18 minutes, thanks to the possibility of recharging at 800 V. The EV6 is also compatible with bidirectional charging up to 3.6 kW. As such, it makes it possible in particular to supply electrical devices (V2L), to recharge another vehicle (V2V), or to supply a household (V2H).
Finally, and this is rare for an electric vehicle, the EV6 can tow up to 1600 kg. However, it will be necessary to maintain its charge level at more than 35% to allow this.
A sporty GT version
In addition to the classic versions of the EV6, Kia announces a sporty GT version. The latter uses the 77.4 kWh battery of the long-range models, in association with two electric motors. Positioned on each of the two axles, they develop a cumulative power of 430 kW (585 hp) and a torque of 740 Nm. The EV6 GT thus announces a 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.5 s and a top speed of 260 km / h.
The first deliveries of the EV6 will take place in the fourth quarter of 2021 (fourth quarter 2022 for the GT version). Its prices start at € 47,990 and peak at € 66,990 for the GT version, excluding options.