The all-new Kia EV6 has just made its debut and its essentially the corporate cousin of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 is also a midsize crossover SUV, though the sleek design and low-slung appearance suggest otherwise.
But first, let’s talk about its design. The Kia EV6 adopts the South Korean automaker’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy, which means this electric crossover combines contrasting design elements such as sharp creases and smooth curves. Upfront, you’ll see a slim grille flanked by distinct LED headlights.
At the sides, you’ll see its sleek bodywork that’s characterized by black roof pillars and an upward swooping line. Thanks to its new, dedicated EV platform, the hood doesn’t need to be as long as a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. As a result, the wheelbase of the EV6 is much longer than that of the Sorento three-row midsize crossover SUV despite being 119 mm shorter in length.
Moving towards the rear, the sleek LED taillights merge neatly with the side character lines, and along with the sloping roofline, gives the EV6 a very sleek shape.
The interior of the all-new EV6 is uniquely-styled as well. Drivers are greeted by two 12-inch curved displays featuring a new Kia Connect infotainment system. Thanks to Over-The-Air (OTA) updates, Kia Connect has the ability to add new features and new charging stations in the embedded navigation throughout the car’s life.
Not only does the interior look modern, but it’s also eco-friendly thanks to the use of recycled plastics on some of the fabric surfaces. Depenfing on the variant, the Kia EV6 can be equipped with opulent features such as a 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system with “Active Sound Design”, which is basically synthesized electric vehicle noises piped into the speakers.
The Kia EV6’s long wheelbase pays dividends to interior space. With the second row of seats up, there’s 520 liters of available space. With those seats folded down, cargo space increases by as much as 1,300 liters. And of course being a dedicated EV platform, the EV6 has a front trunk that’s good for 52 liters.
The Kia EV6 is available with various powertrain configurations. The range kicks off with a 58 kWh standard range battery pack and a rear electric motor that’s good for 168 hp and 350 Nm of torque. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) version is available and this increases horsepower and torque to 232 hp and 605 Nm, respectively. In this configuration, 0-100 kph is achieved in just 6.2 seconds.
Up next is the 77.4 kWh battery pack, with the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) version producing 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The AWD variant boosts power to 321 hp and 605 Nm of torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-100 kph in just 5.2 seconds and have a range of 510 km under the WLTP cycle.
The headline-grabbing model is the EV6 GT, which comes with AWD as standard and the long range 77.4 kWh battery pack. This model produces an impressive 577 hp and 740 Nm of torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-100 kph in just 3.5 seconds, faster than most sports cars. It also has a top speed of 260 kph and a range of 405 km.
The EV6 GT also features an electronic limited-slip differential (LSD) that’s controlled through the car’s software, which can split the power delivery from side-to-side depending on the situation.
“The GT version of EV6 demonstrates our technological leadership through its combination of outstanding high-speed charging and acceleration performance like a super sports car. With our dedicated EV platform, there is no need for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and performance,” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group.
As for charging, the EV6 offers 800V and 400V charging capabilities without the need for additional components or adapters. The car is capable of a high-speed charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes on all variations or a top
-up charge of 100 km of driving range in less than four and a half minutes in the case of the RWD variant with the 77.4 kWh battery.
Additionally, the EV6’s charging system is more flexible than previous generation EVs thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU). The ICCU enables a new vehicle-to-load (V2L) function, which is capable of discharging energy from the vehicle battery. The V2L function can supply up to 3.6kW of power and is capable, as an example, of operating a 55-inch television and air conditioner simultaneously for more than 24 hours. The system is also able to charge a stranded EV if needed.
The all-new Kia EV6 will go on sale in select markets this year. We certainly do hope that this stylish electric crossover SUV eventually reaches Philippines shores.