The compact EV crossover market is currently a relatively small one with the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 beginning to eat into the Tesla Model Y‘s market share. But plenty more competitors are on the way, including the Nissan Ariya, Hyundai IONIQ 5, and now, the newly revealed Kia EV6.
The Kia EV6 is the automaker’s first vehicle built on its new, dedicated battery-electric vehicle platform dubbed Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and is also the first Kia model sporting the new “Opposites United” design philosophy.
The EV6 is available in regular and sportier GT and GT-line trims. The base and GT-line versions come with either a long-range 77.4 kWh or standard range 58.0 kWh battery pack, while the GT is available exclusively with the long-range pack. The EV6 is also available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
The front-wheel-drive 77.4 kWh EV6 can travel over 510 kilometers (316 miles) on a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle. With a maximum 605 Nm (446 pound-feet) of torque available on the all-wheel-drive version, the EV6 can accelerate from 0-to-100 kilometers-per-hour (62 miles-per-hour) in 5.2 seconds. The 77.4 kWh battery pack is paired with a 168 kW (225 horsepower) electric motor powering the rear wheels and for AWD models a 239 kW (320 hp) electric motor powers the front and rear wheels.
The 58.0 kWh EV6 can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, with a maximum 605 Nm (446 pound-feet) of torque available on the AWD version. The 58.0 kWh battery pack is paired with a 125 kW (167 hp) electric motor powering the rear wheels and for AWD models a 173 kW (232 hp) electric motor powers the front and rear wheels.
Meanwhile, the Kia EV6 GT features dual 430 kW motors that produce a combined 740 Nm (546 pound-feet) of torque that propels the all-wheel-drive version from 0-to-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph).
The EV6 offers 800V and 400V charging capabilities and is capable of a high-speed charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes on all variations or a top-up charge of 100 km of driving range in less than four and a half minutes when pairing 2WD with the 77.4-kWh battery option.
The Kia EV6 will be produced in South Korea and will go on sale in select global markets starting in Q2 of 2021, with online reservations beginning on March 30th in some markets.