2022 Kia EV6 electric crossover bookings open May 26, limited units available
Kia India has finally confirmed the launch of its EV flagship, the Kia EV6, in the Indian market. This comes after numerous sightings of the electric crossover in the country. Bookings for the Kia EV6 are set to begin on May 26, with a launch to follow after that. To begin with, only 100 units of the EV6 will be up for sale.
2022 Kia EV6 range, battery, charging, specs
Kia hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the EV6 being brought to India. The EV6 can be had with two battery options, a 77.4 kWh long-range or a 58.0 kWh standard-range unit. the Kia EV6 can be had either in a single or dual-motor configuration. The 2WD version with the larger battery can do 510 km on a full charge and is powered by a rear-mounted 228PS and 350 Nm motor. In AWD, this version puts out a combined 325PS and 605 Nm for a 0 to 100 kmph time of 5.2s. Fitted with the standard battery, the dual-motor EV6 can do 0 to 100 kmph in 6.2s with its combined 235PS and 605 Nm. The base 2WD standard battery makes 170PS and 350 Nm.
Based on Hyundai-Kia's E-GMP 800V electric architecture which it shares with the Ioniq 5, the EV6 can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 min, with 100 km of range being added to the larger battery pack in 4.5 min. The smaller pack is expected to support 400v charging. Also, the Kia EV supports a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that supplies up to 3.5 kW energy from the battery to power other electronics. Also, with over 35 per cent charge left, the EV6 can tow up to 1,600 kg. A heat-pump is also fitted to maintain range in colder weather and there are six levels of regen braking on offer.
The range-topper is the EV6 GT, the most powerful production Kia ever. Fitted with the larger battery pack and making 585PS from its dual-motor setup, the EV6 GT can do 0 to 100 kmph in supercar-baiting 3.5s with its 740Nm torque. Although this version still hasn't gone on sale in most international markets, its launch in India seems unlikely.
2022 Kia EV6 exterior, interior, features
The Kia EV6 was the first car to debut Kia's new design language, also seen on the Carens. Its wheelbase is 2,900mm and there is 520 to 1,300 litres of boot space. A 'frunk' offers 52 litres in the 2WD and 20 litres in the AWD versions. The two 12-inch screens are curved and are set in a single pane of glass for a seamless effect. There is also an augmented reality HUD that shows driving information, navigation prompts and ADAS functions while the UVO suite of connected-car features, now called Kia Connect offers EV related information. Finally, there is an optional 16-speaker Meridian audio system that plays audible sounds to correlate with the driving.
2022 Kia EV6 expected price, rivals
The Kia EV6 will be brought in as a CBU, with local assembly set to begin at a later date. The EV6 should be the range-topper for Kia in India with prices expected to hover around Rs 60 lakh. Its closest rival will be the soon-to-launch Volvo XC40 Recharge and the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5.
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