Kia Australia has revealed additional details of the EV6, its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) built on the company’s new E-GMP EV platform. It’s expected to be the flagship in a bumper year of new and improved models for 2022.
Designed to embody Kia’s new brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’, EV6 Air and GT-Line trims are within weeks of being available in Australian showrooms. The duo will bring long range, zero emissions power and 800V ultra-fast charging to the car maker’s range.
Pitched as a large SUV, the EV6 will land with the long-range (77.4 kWh) high-voltage battery pack and will be offered in two grades; the range focused EV6 Air in rear-wheel drive only (RWD) and top trim GT-Line with RWD or all-wheel drive (AWD).
The RWD single motor EV6 entry-level Air starts the range off at $67,990, producing 168kW power and 350Nm of torque and a single charge driving range of 528km, with 0-100km/h acceleration being reached in 7.3 seconds.
It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels. The RWD single motor is also available as a choice in the GT-Line line-up with 20-inch alloys as standard, with a driving range of 504km and priced at $74,990.
The optional AWD dual motor really lifts the bar in the GT-Line range, producing 239kW/605Nm. It hits 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. The AWD comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, a range of 484km and a price of $82,990. All prices are plus on-roads.
The Kia EV6 Air will be available in six colours with one (Glacier White) being new to the Kia pallet and EV6 GT-Line will be available in five colours, including the striking and exclusive Moonscape matte paint, also new to the range.
Just 500 units of the EV6 (Air and GT-Line trims) have been earmarked for Australia during 2022 and like all Kia models, the allocation will be staggered throughout the year.
Kia Australia is in continuous dialogue with head office about this number with hopes of increasing it albeit not substantially, due to its popularity and high demand globally. A full list of EV6 Air and GT-Line specifications will be released at launch.
The highly anticipated performance EV6 eGT will follow in late 2022 or early 2023. Kia will also launch the Sorento Hybrid, next generation Niro, and upgraded Seltos this year.