Kia has confirmed extra specs for its new EV6 electrical crossover, with the bespoke electrical automotive to supply a most of as much as 328 miles of vary from a full cost.
Kia EV6 costs begin from £40,895, with first deliveries anticipated to reach in October, whereas the vary will encompass three trim ranges of two drivetrains. Each UK mannequin additionally comes as commonplace with the corporate’s long-range 77.4kWh battery, somewhat than the entry-level 58kWh unit provided in different markets.
The entry-level rear-drive Kia EV6 can journey as much as 328 miles in line with official WLTP testing. It incorporates a 226bhp electrical motor, whereas commonplace gear on this ‘Air’ trim automotive contains 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, consumers get heated entrance seats trimmed in black vegan ‘leather-based’, a heated steering wheel, an ambient lighting system, computerized air-conditioning and two 12.3-inch screens – one for the digital devices and one to deal with the automotive’s infotainment capabilities.
The sportier EV6 GT-Line might be specified with both the 226bhp rear-wheel drive (£43,895) or a dual-motor, four-wheel drive 321bhp powertrain (£47,395). The latter set-up generates 605Nm of torque and can speed up from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. As a result of additional efficiency, claimed vary drops to 314 miles in line with WLTP testing. Nonetheless, each official vary figures are enhancements on Kia’s unique targets.
Commonplace gear for the GT-Line mannequin features a extra aggressive physique package, black 19-inch alloy wheels, rear privateness glass, entrance parking sensors and dual-LED headlamps with adaptive high-beam. Patrons additionally get a helpful ‘vehicle-to-load perform’, which permits them to make use of the EV6’s battery to energy exterior home equipment rated as much as 3.6kW.
The EV6 GT-Line additionally will get a couple of inside tweaks, resembling aluminium pedals, a wi-fi smartphone charging pad, black suede upholstery and Kia’s “Premium Leisure Seats,” which robotically tilt again when the car is charging to offer the driving force likelihood to catch a “NASA nap” between driving stints.
The costliest model of the EV6 is the GT-Line S. It comes with the identical exterior styling pack and can also be out there with both the rear-wheel drive motor (£48,395) or four-wheel drive electrical powertrain, though it comes with extra commonplace gear.
Patrons get 20-inch alloy wheels, a power-operated tailgate, distant sensible parking help and a panoramic sunroof, which each tilts and slides. Kia’s Freeway Driving Help 2 system can also be included, which permits the EV6 to imagine management of its steering, brakes and throttle when on the motorway.
Inside, there’s a pair of heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system and an augmented actuality head-up show system, which tasks info on the automotive’s velocity, navigation and help expertise onto the windscreen.
Because of the brand new E-GMP underpinnings, which options the newest 800-volt electrical structure, the EV6 can cost from 10 to 80 per cent in simply 18 minutes, whereas most DC fast charging functionality stands at 239kW.
As a world first, the EV6 additionally has the aptitude to remodel an influence feed from a extra frequent 400-volt fast charger to 800 volts because of a intelligent motor and inverter set-up, permitting the EV6 to cost at its most capability.
Kia’s Cost answer package deal additionally provides EV6 homeowners entry (and steering by way of the nav) to round 205,000 cost factors throughout Europe, each AC and DC feeds. The Kia Cost smartphone app provides customers a hyperlink between the varied totally different charging suppliers which are a part of the scheme (together with the Ionity community) with Kia managing the subscriptions and funds for 3 ranges of membership subscription relying on homeowners’ utilization ranges.
To assist increase vary the EV6 options six totally different regenerative braking settings. This contains fully off, modes 1 to three, ‘i-Pedal’ – which permits most vitality harvesting and brings the automotive to a cease with out touching the brakes, permitting one-pedal driving – and an auto setting.
New 2022 Kia EV6 GT: value and specs
We’re nonetheless ready on the flagship, Porsche Taycan-baiting EV6 GT. Kia says it’ll go on sale in 2022, priced from £58,295, with deliveries anticipated in the course of the second half of the 12 months.
It’ll be powered by two electrical motors with a mixed output of 577bhp. Kia says the system drops the crossover’s 0-62mph time to a sports activities car-rivalling 3.5 seconds, whereas rising its high velocity to 162mph. Nonetheless, the additional efficiency means claimed vary falls to 251 miles.
Commonplace gear for the GT contains 21-inch alloy wheels, totally different exterior styling, electronically managed suspension and an digital limited-slip differential, and a drive-mode controller.
In step with the automotive’s efficiency transient, the GT-Line S automotive’s heavy panoramic sunroof can also be eliminated, whereas the usual automotive’s sports activities seats are swapped for contemporary bucket seats, trimmed in black suede with neon inexperienced piping.
Albert Biermann, President and Head of Analysis and Improvement for Hyundai, outlined the Kia EV6 GT’s transient, saying: “The GT model of EV6 demonstrates our technological management by means of its mixture of excellent high-speed charging and acceleration efficiency like a brilliant sports activities automotive. With our devoted EV platform, there is no such thing as a want for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and efficiency.”
New 2021 Kia EV6: design and practicality
The Kia EV6’s wheelbase is 2,900mm lengthy regardless of the EV6’s comparatively compact dimensions, pushing the wheels near the mannequin’s extremities to maximise area inside. The method to effectivity continues contained in the cabin, because the slim, light-weight seats are trimmed in material created from recycled plastics, equal to 111 water bottles.
Boot area stands at 520 litres, rising to 1,300 litres with the rear seats folded down. There are additionally an extra 52 litres of cupboard space on the entrance in rear-drive fashions, dropping to twenty litres in AWD vehicles. It must be sufficient to retailer the automotive’s charging cables.
Kia claims that with greater than 35 % cost left within the battery, the EV6 can even tow hundreds weighing as much as 1,600kg, which is robust for an electrical automotive.
On high of this, the EV6 incorporates a warmth pump that scavenges waste warmth from the automotive’s coolant system; it signifies that even in temperatures as little as -7C the automotive can obtain 80 per cent of its claimed vary attainable at 25C ambient temperature.
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