The 2022 Kia EV6 crossover arrives as the carmaker’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV). The introduction of EV6 signals the U.S. launch of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ strategy. It will deliver 11 all-new electrified models globally by 2026.
Starting with the EV6, Kia’s EV lineup will carry a unique naming convention. The “EV” designation will be followed by a number indicating the car’s position in the lineup.
The EV6 can be configured with rear-or all-wheel drive and is available with a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle or an electric motor on both axles.
While all all-wheel-drive models have the larger battery pack and either 313 or 576 total horsepower, the base rear-drive example has a smaller battery and just 167 horses.
2022 Kia EV6: excellent performance
Opting for the bigger battery boosts the rear-drive EV6’s total system output to 218 horses. Kia estimates the 313-hp version will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Those seeking maximum straight-line performance will appreciate the 576-hp GT, which has an estimated zero-to-60-mph time that’s under 3.5 seconds.
The E-GMP modular platform maximizes development efficiency and enables the Kia brand to expand its dedicated EV portfolio across multiple vehicle segments – sedans, CUVs, SUVs – in a short time and with minimal complexity. The architecture provides an adaptable foundation with a long wheelbase and wide stance.
The EV6’s proportions unify Kia’s all-new “Opposites United” design language and deliver crossover functionality. The visual language combines classic sports car inspiration with high-tech cues, modern CUV styling and a coupe-like profile.
The EV6 has the same 114.2-inch wheelbase as the Kia Telluride and compares it with the width of a Ford Mustang Mach E and the wheelbase and ground clearance of a Tesla Model Y.
The EV platform also enables performance, AWD capability and fast charging times. The vehicle delivers up to an estimated 300-miles of all-electric range (AER), vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality, and a flat-floor interior that utilizes sustainable materials throughout the cabin.
The EV6 also offers an array of advanced driver assistance systems, adding an unprecedented level of connectivity and safety.
The first EV6 models are expected to go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states with the GT arriving in late 2022.
Beginning in June, Kia offered a special EV6 First Edition available by advanced reservation at Kia.com and limited to 1,500 units.
The EV6 First Edition offers the styling of the standard design, which includes exterior details such as black wheel arches in a fully loaded package.
Prices haven’t been announced, but industry estimates suggest a price range from $45,000-$55,000.
Article Last Updated: September 8, 2021.
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