Kia had unveiled the first images of the EV6 about two weeks ago; the South Korean manufacturer today presents its electric SUV in detail. Of SUV, however, the EV6 has almost only the name so much, like its “cousin” the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it displays a ground clearance and proportions more like a five-door sedan. Based on the new E-GMP platform from the Hyundai group, the machine measures 4.68 m long, 1.88 m wide and 1.55 m high for a wheelbase of 2.90 m.
The EV6 inaugurates the brand’s new stylistic language with a sharp design, sculpted surfaces and a few sharp edges. We particularly notice the light strip of the stern which groups the lights and descends on the fenders in the direction of the rear wheels, as well as the steeply inclined amounts of the tailgate.. The short front cover reminds us that the main electric motor is located at the rear. All-wheel drive models have an additional engine at the front.
Modernity and space inside
The interior of the Kia EV6 is modern, while remaining relatively conventional, following current trends. The dashboard thus includes a double curved panel comprising a digital dashboard facing the driver and a multimedia touch screen in the center (12 inches each), and the horizontal strip which underlines it accentuates the width of the car to reinforce the feeling of space. The center console is installed high.
Rear passengers have generous legroom for the class thanks to the large wheelbase. Kia announces cargo volume ranging from 520 dm3 to around 1,300 dm3, to which are added the 52 dm3 of the front trunk on rear-wheel drive models or 20 dm3 in 4×4.
Already a wide range of powertrains
Kia offers five engine (s) / battery configurations for the EV6. The smallest battery available at launch has a capacity of 58 kWh. The two-wheel-drive EV6 equipped with it has a power of 170 hp for a torque of 350 Nm. In four-wheel drive, the combined power increases to 235 hp and the torque to 605 Nm.. More upscale, the 77.4 kWh battery allows for 229 hp in rear-wheel drive, or 325 hp with four-wheel drive with the same torque levels as the small battery. It is obviously the 229 hp EV6 which offers the best range with 510 km claimed by Kia in the WLTP cycle. At the top of the range sits the EV6 GT. This all-wheel-drive model uses the 77.4 kWh battery and has a total power of 585 hp for 740 Nm of torque, enough to go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.5 s and reach a top speed of 260 km / h according to the manufacturer. The EV6 can accept a charging voltage of 400 V or 800 V. It is therefore theoretically possible to recharge the battery from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes according to Kia, provided a suitable terminal is found.
The Kia EV6 from € 49,990
The Kia EV6 will start at € 49,990 with, among its standard equipment, the aforementioned double curved screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control and LED headlamps.. The GT-line finish will require € 55,790 and will notably add electric front seats and mood lighting. These two configurations will be available in the fourth quarter of 2021. It will take another year to receive an EV6 GT which, in addition to its muscular mechanics, will have adaptive projectors, motorized door handles, bucket seats and rims 21 inches among others. This variant will be displayed € 66,990. Reservations are already open on the Kia website.