Kia has confirmed extra specs for its new EV6 electrical crossover, with the bespoke electrical automobile 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 include three trim ranges of two drivetrains. Each UK mannequin additionally comes as normal with the corporate’s long-range 77.4kWh battery, relatively 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 response to official WLTP testing. It incorporates a 226bhp electrical motor, whereas normal gear on this ‘Air’ trim automobile contains 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, patrons get heated entrance seats trimmed in black vegan ‘leather-based’, a heated steering wheel, an ambient lighting system, automated air-conditioning and two 12.3-inch screens – one for the digital devices and one to deal with the automobile’s infotainment features.
The sportier EV6 GT-Line will 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. Because of the further efficiency, claimed vary drops to 314 miles in response to WLTP testing. Nevertheless, each official vary figures are enhancements on Kia’s unique targets.
Commonplace gear for the GT-Line mannequin features a extra aggressive physique equipment, 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 just a few inside tweaks, reminiscent of aluminium pedals, a wi-fi smartphone charging pad, black suede upholstery and Kia’s “Premium Rest Seats,” which robotically tilt again when the automobile is charging to provide the motive force likelihood to catch a “NASA nap” between driving stints.
The most costly model of the EV6 is the GT-Line S. It comes with the identical exterior styling pack and can be obtainable with both the rear-wheel drive motor (£48,395) or four-wheel drive electrical powertrain, though it comes with extra normal gear.
Patrons get 20-inch alloy wheels, a power-operated tailgate, distant good parking help and a panoramic sunroof, which each tilts and slides. Kia’s Freeway Driving Help 2 system can 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 automobile’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 potential to rework an influence feed from a extra widespread 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 resolution bundle additionally offers EV6 house owners entry (and steerage through the nav) to round 205,000 cost factors throughout Europe, each AC and DC feeds. The Kia Cost smartphone app offers customers a hyperlink between the assorted totally different charging suppliers which might be 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 house owners’ 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 power harvesting and brings the automobile to a cease with out touching the brakes, permitting one-pedal driving – and an auto setting.
New 2022 Kia EV6 GT: worth 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 yr.
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 growing its high velocity to 162mph. Nevertheless, 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 automobile’s efficiency transient, the GT-Line S automobile’s heavy panoramic sunroof can be eliminated, whereas the usual automobile’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 way of its mixture of excellent high-speed charging and acceleration efficiency like a brilliant sports activities automobile. With our devoted EV platform, there isn’t any 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 strategy to effectivity continues contained in the cabin, because the slim, light-weight seats are trimmed in cloth comprised of 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 automobiles. It needs to be sufficient to retailer the automobile’s charging cables.
Kia claims that with greater than 35 p.c cost left within the battery, the EV6 may also tow masses weighing as much as 1,600kg, which is robust for an electrical automobile.
On high of this, the EV6 incorporates a warmth pump that scavenges waste warmth from the automobile’s coolant system; it implies that even in temperatures as little as -7C the automobile can obtain 80 per cent of its claimed vary potential at 25C ambient temperature.
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