Kia EV6

Battery electric compact crossover SUV

Motor vehicle
  • Lee Hyo-Sung and Choi Hong-Seok[2][3]
Body and chassisClassCompact crossover SUVBody style5-door SUVLayout
  • Rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive
  • Dual-motor, all-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai E-GMPRelated
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • Kia EV9
  • Genesis GV60
PowertrainElectric motorPermanent magnet synchronous motorPower output125–430 kW (170–585 PS; 168–577 hp)TransmissionSingle-speed reduction gearBattery58 kWh or 77.4 kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese lithium[4]Electric rangeUp to 510 km (317 mi)Plug-in charging
DimensionsWheelbase2,900 mm (114.2 in)Length4,680–4,695 mm (184.3–184.8 in)Width1,880–1,890 mm (74.0–74.4 in)Height1,550 mm (61.0 in)
1,545 mm (60.8 in) (GT)Curb weight1,825–2,090 kg (4,023–4,608 lb)

The Kia EV6 is a battery electric compact crossover SUV produced by Kia.[8][9] Introduced in March 2021, it is the first Kia dedicated electric vehicle, and the first model developed on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) similar to the Hyundai Ioniq 5.[10][11] It is also the first model to be named under the new nomenclature designated for a line of Kia electric cars, which will range from EV1 to EV9.[12] The EV6 is the 2022 European Car of the Year.

Overview

The EV6 was released on 2 August 2021 after a set of pictures were revealed on 15 March 2021.[13][14][15] Developed under the codename CV,[16] it is the first Kia model based on the E-GMP electric car platform.

The GT model is claimed to have a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time in 3.5 seconds, with dual electric motors producing 430kW of power (576hp) and 740Nm of torque combined, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, a rear electronic limited-slip differential, electronically controlled suspension, and minor exterior and interior changes.[17]

It features a panoramic curved display panel inside, which opens up more space while a controller for transition between infotainment and HVAC below the navigation screen and touch buttons for using heated seat as well as steering wheel further enhance driver usability. The EV6's boot space is 520 L (18.4 cu ft) (VDA standard) and it can be increased up to 1,300 L (45.9 cu ft) when the rear seats are folded. The crossover is claimed to be furnished with eco-friendly materials across the interior, fabric or artificial suede/leatherette seats, and ambient lighting. It's also availbale with an augmented reality head-up display, 360° camera option, remote controlled parking, along with safety technologies including Lane Follow Assist, Highway Driving Assist 2 (semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control) including auto lane changing, AEB collision avoidance, remote smart parking assist and Safe Exit Assist.[18]

  • Kia EV6 Air Long Range
    Kia EV6 Air Long Range
  • 2022 EV6 Air Long Range (UK)
    2022 EV6 Air Long Range (UK)
  • Interior
    Interior

GT-Line

  • EV6 GT Line
    EV6 GT Line
  • EV6 GT Line
    EV6 GT Line

EV6 GT

The EV6 GT was released on 4 October 2022; it is a high-performance version of the EV6, supposed to go from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.[19] The EV6 GT features four-piston calipers with a monoblock front wheel that improves size/performance over the base model, and a body strengthened with front strut ring and rear luggage floor reinforcement bars. There's also Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, a rear electronic limited-slip differential, and electronically controlled suspension.

In addition, rack-driven power steering and variable gear ratio technology optimises steering response to speed, and GT Mode with RBM function that maximizes the use of regenerative braking and Kia's first Drift Mode are applied.

As for the design, it features GT-specific 21-inch wheels with contrasting neon green coloured brake calipers, vertical elements across the front Digital Tiger Nose Grille, front and rear bumpers, and a rear diffuser. The interior is equipped with unique sports bucket seats with neon green piping and stitching, artificial suede door cards, and a GT Mode button on the steering wheel.

However, compared to regular EV6 models, the EV6 GT does not come with ventilated seat functionality, electric seat adjustment, auto dip-down wing mirrors when reversing, and has less claimed driving range with higher energy consumption.[20]

  • 2021 EV6 GT
    2021 EV6 GT
  • 2021 EV6 GT
    2021 EV6 GT

Facelift

The facelifted EV6 was revealed on 14 May 2024. Changes include new angular-designed LED headlights and daytime running lights, a redesigned front fascia, new alloy wheel designs, a revamped interior with a revised curved panoramic screen, a new steering wheel, a new fingerprint authentication system that allows registered drivers to power the electrics without the key, updated technological features and a new battery pack at 84 kWh replaced the 77.4 kWh.[21][22]

Specifications

Trim Battery Layout Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
(Official)
Top speed Charging time[23]
AC 230V/10A
(2.3 KW)
(0–100%)
AC 230V/16A 3P
(11 KW)
(0–100%)
DC Fast Charging
(50 KW)
(0–80%)
DC Fast Charging
(180 KW)
(0–80%)
Standard Range 58 kWh 2WD 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 8.5s 185 km/h (115 mph) 24 hr 40 min 6 hr 1 hr 3 min 18 min
4WD 173 kW (235 PS; 232 hp) 605 N⋅m (446 lb⋅ft)
Long Range 77.4 kWh 2WD 168 kW (228 PS; 225 hp) at 4,600–9,200 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 0–2,600 rpm 7.3s 32 hr 45 min 7 hr 20 min 1 hr 13 min
4WD 239 kW (325 PS; 321 hp) at 6,800–9,200 rpm 605 N⋅m (446 lb⋅ft) at 0–4,400 rpm 5.2s
GT 430 kW (585 PS; 577 hp) at 6,800–9,000 rpm 740 N⋅m (546 lb⋅ft) at 0–4,200 rpm 3.5s 260 km/h (162 mph)

Awards

  • 'Best of the Best' in 2022 Red Dot Design Awards[24]
  • 2022: European Car of the Year[25]
  • 2022: Irish Car of the Year[26]
  • 2022: What Car? Car of the Year[27]
  • 'Premium' winner in the German Car of the Year 2022 awards[28]
  • 'Crossover of the Year' at the TopGear.com 2021 awards[29]
  • Joint winner of the inaugural 'Best Cars of the Year' 2021/2022 awards[30]
  • Product Carbon Footprint certificate from United Kingdom's The Carbon Trust.[31]
  • 2023: the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) Green car awards[32]
  • 2023: North American Utility Vehicle of the Year[33]
  • 2023: MotorWeek Driver's Choice best of the year[34]

EV6 GT

  • 2023: the World Performance Car of the Year award[35][36]

Safety

The EV6 received a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.[37]

Euro NCAP scores
Overall rating
Adult Occupant 90%
Child Occupant 86%
Vulnerable Road Users 64%
Safety Assist 87%

Sales

Year United States[38] South Korea[39] Europe[40] Global[40]
2021 11,053 8,026 29,512
2022 20,498 24,852 26,658 83,411
2023 18,879 17,227 36,087 96,092

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