Kia Philippines is giving the public a preview of the first-ever EV6 at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show. The 2023 Kia EV6 is a compact fully electric crossover SUV that has won the world over–bagging numerous awards left and right such as the 2022 European Car of the Year and Red Dot Design’s Best of the Best, just to name a few. Soon, the Philippines is set to experience the multi-awarded EV6 as Kia aims to offer this electric crossover SUV by early 2023.
The 2023 Kia EV6 that was previewed at the show is the GT Line variant, and it’s more or less what the Philippine spec EV6 will be. The corporate cousin of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 went towards a sportier and more rakish design. As the flagbearer of the brand’s “Opposites United” design philosophy, the EV6 looks very edgy and sporty. Some of its design highlights include the sleek LED headlights, the full-width LED taillights with sweeping LED turn signals, flushed door handles, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the 2023 Kia EV6 GT Line has been given a very futuristic layout with its two 12-inch displays for the digital gauges and the Kia Connect infotainment system. Kia has also spent a lot of time making the interior both premium and highly functional. Thanks to the skateboard architecture provided by the E-GMP platform, the EV6 has a flat floor and a wheelbase that’s as long as a Kia Telluride midsize SUV. In addition, the lack of an engine also means that the EV6 is one of the few vehicles to have a front trunk.
The 2023 Kia EV6 GT Line will come in the Philippines with the long-range 77.4 kWh high-voltage battery pack with 800V architecture. The EV6 can travel more than 500 kilometers on a single charge (based on EPA rating). The rear-mounted electric motor delivers 229 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and is enough to propel this crossover SUV from 0-100 kph in 7.3 seconds.
On top of the usual suite of cameras and airbags, the Kia EV6 GT Line will also be equipped with a number of advanced driver-assistance tech. This includes Safe Exit Assist (SEA), which helps occupants avoid collisions with a rear side vehicle when exiting; Lane Following Assist (LFA), which assists in putting the vehicle right at the center of the lane; and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA), which alert drivers about oncoming hazards when backing up.
Sales of the 2023 Kia EV6 will begin in early 2023 with a price below P4,000,000. Charging options for the EV6 in the Philippines are as follows: through the Kia In Cable Control Box (ICCB) charger that comes with the vehicle; a home wall-mounted charger that can be purchased and installed by our affiliate, Greenstrum; and the growing number of malls and establishments that offer EV charging stations with Type 2/CCS2 protocol.
Visit the Kia booth at the PIMS, because it also highlights the EV6’s Vehicle to Load (V2L) feature that lets you power appliances such as a 55-inch TV and a refrigerator for 24 hours right from the vehicle. The EV6’s V2L powers the booth’s coffee shop and the Interactive Motion Wall, which is a digital art installation showcasing artistic interpretations of land, ocean, and air triggered by motion sensors. Guests can also take a closer look at various details of the EV6 exhibits, such as the vehicle configurator.