Kia is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer with sales of over 2.8 million vehicles (2019). Hyundai holds a 33.88% stake in Kia. Their new Electric-Global Modular Platform (it also underpins Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 EV) is the basis for a run of new electric vehicles, Kia 1 through 9.
The EV6 is a handsome mid-sized crossover. The lines are clean, expressive, and well thought out. It presents a good size and shape, with a well appointed interior. I am not a fan of so many EV’s physical buttonless center stack, and while I have yet to dive the Kia, it seems to answer that complaint with some physical controls below the center screen (climate controls?)
The specs are impressive:
- 311 miles of range
- Ultra-fast charging capability — 62 miles of range in 4 minutes
- 800V battery system
- 0-62 mph in 3 seconds
The Kia EV6 is in somewhere in the middle of that 1-9 run; this implies the Kia EV lineup includes larger SUVs and smaller compacts.
We will get more details when the car officially arrives March 30th 2021; expect an all-wheel-drive version of the EV6, dual electric motors, and about 300 horses and 450 pound-feet torque. Prices are expected to start around $45,000 before rebates.
Source: Kia Media
Source: Green Car Reports