The Kia EV6 isn’t just the brand’s first dedicated battery-electric model. It’s also on deck to be one of the best-performing EV’s on the market with a zero to 60 mph time that rivals the Porsche Taycan. By the way, Kia says this car “embodies the “embodiment of the new Kia.” Consider us intrigued.
EV6 is wearing a new design theme from Kia. This is underscored by a new slender grille design and unique headlights. A lower intake also adds a hint of conventionalism to this battery-electric model.
The side profile points out a very short front and tight overhangs both in front and back. The car has a very sporty appearance from the side, highlighted by an interesting trim piece above the rocker panel and a floating roof design. Blacked out A-pillars also given the greenhouse a larger appearance, slightly changing the proportion of the EV6.
Unique styling continues inside the EV6, which is hallmarked by a pair of curved 12-inch displays. The displays are packing the latest iteration of Kia’s infotainment system, which include Kia Connect for over-the-air software updates and live information, including charging station locations. The overall interior design is fairly simple and isn’t a huge departure from current Kia models, but does have touches such as yellow accents to distinguish this EV.
EV6 buyers will enjoy a new augmented reality heads-up display system, while a 14-speaker Meridian audio system adds “Active Sound Design” technology. Effectively, that means the sound system will pipe in artificial noise that’s tied to the car’s acceleration and speed. Kia’s typical host of active safety gear is in tow as well, including the brand’s Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Thanks to a wheelbase that’s on-par with some seven-seat crossovers, the EV6 has a spacious interior. The brand says 18.4 cubic feet of cargo can be stored behind the rear seats. Fold the seats and owners can unlock 45.9 cubic feet of space. If that isn’t enough, the frunk will hold just under 1 cubic feet of cargo as well.
A Buffet of Powertrains
The Kia EV6 can be optioned with a variety of powertrain options. Instead of trying to list them all out, we’re going to simplify this into a table:
|Battery Size||Drivetrain||Horsepower (HP)||Torque (lb-ft)|
Long-range variants are expected to feature around 316 miles of range using the WLTP cycle, EPA results will likely vary from that figure.
Sitting on top of the EV6 range is the EV6 GT, which is available exclusively with the long-range all-wheel drive powertrain. The EV6 GT will churn out 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power will send the EV6 GT from zero to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, which is better than a Porsche Taycan 4S. The GT model will feature around 252 miles of range.
All EV6 variants feature 400V and 800V charging capabilities. This allows the EV6 to charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 18 minutes. Kia also says the rear-wheel drive variants can add about 62 miles of range in under five minutes. It is worth mentioning there are few EV’s on the market today that offer 800V charging.
While the Kia EV6 will go on sale in some countries this year, the U.S. won’t get it until early 2022. Kia says it hopes to sell around 20,000 EV6’s in the U.S. annually.