The Kia EV6 is turning heads in South Korea’s rush hour [Video]

The Kia EV6 is quite an attention-seeker with a design that amalgamates a sedan and an SUV. Naver user pagani0101 has captured an uncamouflaged unit driving through traffic on a busy South Korean road, and from the pictures, the Kia EV6 is a real head-turner. The Naver user uploaded a video of the same Kia EV6 prowling the streets of South Korea, which you can see below:

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In other updates, Kia announced on April 1 that it received 21,016 EV6 pre-orders in South Korea on the very first day (March 31). The EV6 broke all previous records for pre-bookings on day one in the country for the brand. There, the EV6 comes in Standard, Long Range, GT-Line, and GT trims. 64.5% of the pre-orders at the time of this announcement were in the Long Range trim. GT-Line accounted for 20.6%, while the Standard and GT trims’ contribution stood at 10.3% and 4.6%, respectively.

Kia revealed the specifications of the EV6 along with the first pictures and details of the the exciting GT variant last month. In some markets, the Kia EV6 can be pre-ordered, with deliveries scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.

In Spain, one of Kia EV6’s first markets, deliveries of the regular variant begins in September, with the top-end GT variant reaching customers between July and September, says Kia. The EV6 comes in base, GT-line, and GT trims, and prices start at €46,450 ($55,160.54), €55,050 ($65,373.25), and €65,750 ($78,079.77), respectively. The new electric car will be launched in the Korean market in July.

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Our story is a deep dive of the Kia EV6 (including the Kia EV6 GT), covering every aspect of the vehicle.

Kia EV6 exterior

The Kia EV6 is the first Kia influenced by the company’s new design philosophy ‘Opposites United.’ It brings together a coupe’s boldness and dynamism with the striking and athletic appearance of an SUV to form a swanky crossover.

At the front, the Kia EV6 features a low-set sloping hood with the new Kia logo and boomerang-shaped headlamps that have pixel-inspired daytime running lights inspired with ‘moving light pattern.’ The angled windshield glass is one of the many aerodynamics-focused design elements of the electric crossover.

On the sides, the DRLs of the headlamps end at the top of flared wheel arches. A shiny twin strip in the lower body runs almost parallel to the swiftly sloping beltline that has a kick at the C-pillar, and it’s a nice touch over the black rocker panels. The roofline drops in a way that headroom for the rear-seat passengers wouldn’t be compromised much. The flush door handles provide a neat touch to the futuristic crossover.

At the rear, the Kia EV6 has a dramatically inclined windscreen that makes the silhouette reminiscent of the Jaguar I-Pace. The concave shape of the smooth, uncluttered lower tailgate, which bears the new Kia logo in the center, complements the sportier styling created by that steeply raked glass.

The rear lights are thin C-shaped units connected via a narrow light strip running across the width. The narrow light strip extends all the way out, beyond the rear lights, and drop at an angle that gives the impression that they would’ve been connected to the decor strip on the sides if not for the rear wheel and black arch cover. A slim satin strip also connects the rear lights, at the bottom, underscoring the elegance of the electric crossover.

Kia EV6 interior

Kia EV6 interior dashboard
The Kia EV6 has a classy interior that doesn’t go overboard in the pursuit of seeming futuristic. Image Source: Kia

The interior of the Kia EV6 is a class above that of traditional Kia models, but isn’t radically different. First-time EV buyers would still feel right at home, as the the interior is not too stripped-out in the name of minimalism. The EV6 will touchdown with a plethora of high-end technologies unavailable in current Kia electric cars.

The virtual instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system are put together to create what looks like a seamless and wide single display. The central display is slightly tilted towards the driver to make viewing and accessing easy. The chic-style black and white two-spoke steering and the garnish on the floor console are among the several fashionable touches inside cabin.

The Kia EV6 offers 520 liters of cargo space, which can be increased to approximately 1,300 liters by folding down the second-row seats. Moreover, there’s also a front trunk or a frunk with an additional stowage space of 52 liters in the RWD configurations* and 20 liters in the AWD configurations.

*North America model: 20 liters standard front trunk/frunk space

Kia EV6 GT specs

Of the three available trims, the top-of-the-line GT trim packs the most punch. Customers can choose from multiple powertrain configurations, including two battery pack options, two drivetrain layout choices, and four outputs selections. Take a look at the detailed specs in the tables below:

Dimensions

DimensionEV6EV6 GT-lineEV6 GT
Length4,680 mm4,695 mm4,695 mm
Width1,880 mm1,890 mm1,890 mm
Height1,550 mm1,550 mm1,545 mm
Wheelbase2,900 mm2,900 mm2,900 mm

Performance

AspectKia EV6 SpecificationKia EV6 GT-line SpecificationKia EV6 GT Specification
Battery Pack Capacity58 kWh (SR)/77.4 kWh (LR)58 kWh (SR)/77.4 kWh (LR)77.4 kWh (LR)
Drivetrain LayoutRWD/AWDRWD/AWDAWD
Power125 kW (SR RWD)/168 kW (LR RWD)/173 kW (SR AWD)/239 kW (LR AWD)125 kW (SR RWD)/168 kW (LR RWD)/173 kW (SR AWD)/239 kW (LR AWD)430 kW
Torque350 Nm (SR RWD & LR AWD)/605 Nm (SR AWD & LR AWD)350 Nm (SR RWD & LR AWD)/605 Nm (SR AWD & LR AWD)740 Nm
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration6.2 seconds (SR AWD)/5.2 seconds (LR AWD)NA3.5 seconds
Top SpeedNANA260 km/h (162 mph)
Price (Spain)€46,450 ($54,468)€55,050 ($64,552)€65,750 ($77,099)
SR and LR unofficial abbreviations for Standard Range and Long Range, respectively.

The Kia EV6 GT does 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, which is dead-close to the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s 3.2 seconds and not very far from the Porsche Taycan Turbo S’ 2.8 seconds. The Kia EV6 GT can go as fast as the fastest Porsche Taycan variants, though – 260 km/h or 162 mph.

Kia says that the 58 kWh EV6 AWD takes 6.2 seconds for a 0-100 km/h sprint and that the 77.4 kWh EV6 AWD can do the same one second quicker, in 5.2 seconds.

Charging

Hyundai Kia Genesis E-GMP platform
The Kia EV6 (Kia CV) sits on Hyundai Motor Group’s new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

The most range-focused Kia EV6 configuration is 2WD 77.4 kWh (2WD LR). It is possible to achieve a range of over 510 km or 316 miles as per Europe’s WLTP in this configuration, and we expect an EPA-rated figure of at least 275 miles for the same.

In the case of long-range EVs, 0-80% and 0-100% charging times often become the deciding factors during purchase than acceleration time or the top speed. Charging parameters hold a significantly higher weightage compared to performance in the mainstream segments. The VW ID.4 and the Nissan Ariya support charging at 400-volt charging points, and the peak power of their DC on-board charger is 125 kW and 130 kW respectively.

The Kia EV6 supports not only 400-volt but also 800-volt charging infrastructure, and no additional adapters are required for either of them. The peak charging power is 270 kW, and thanks to this ultra-fast charging capability, it’s possible to juice up the battery pack from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. A 100 km (62 miles) range (WLTP) can be achieved in just 4.5 minutes.

The Kia EV6 offers Porsche Taycan standards of charging parameters, which make charging close to fueling experience, something that’s expected to bring the much-awaited breakout in the EV market.

Kia EV6 charging port location
In South Korea, Kia has announced a new partnership with GS Caltex to install and use ultra-fast chargers at its gas stations in the country. Image: Kia

Kia says that it has invested in a total of eight chargers at four GS Caltex gas stations located in metros (Seoul, Incheon, Suwon, and Guri). Seven of these chargers are 200 kW fast-chargers, and one is a 350 kW rapid or ultra-fast charger. The company plans to introduce various promotions, including discounts for charging the Kia EV6 at GS Caltex gas stations and providing free recharge coupons, to attract customers to the new charging stations in the domestic market. In the future, Kia will have 120 ultra-fast charging stations at 20 locations, including downtown areas and highways.

Kia-GS Caltex EV charging station
Kia EV6 customers will get a discount charging at GS Caltex gas stations in South Korea.

Autonomous driving capable

The Kia EV6 features autonomous driving capability. Kia has equipped the EV6 with HDA2 (Highway Driving Assist 2) technology, an evolution of the HDA (Highway Driving Assist). HDA provides the comfort of hands-free, autonomous driving on highways. Using information from the navigation system, HDA determines whether the vehicle is on a highway, and if it is, it takes over the functions of controlling the steering, acceleration, and deceleration.

Highway Driving Pilot (HDP) is coming to Kia EVs from 2023, and the Kia EV6 could also benefit from this Level 3 autonomous driving feature. Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) is already available, and so, customers will be able to remotely park or exit a parking spot right from day one.

The Kia EV6 is the first Kia to adopt the new nomenclature of ‘EV + number’. Kia says that using ‘EV’ in the name would help easily recognize that it is a model from the dedicated electric vehicle line-up. The number in the name “indicates the position and role” of the model in the dedicated EV range.

Kia EV6 Kia logo
Hood of the Kia CV/EV6 teased in a brand video via Youtube.com.

The Kia EV6 features the new Kia logo on the hood, and a camera mounted in the place where a traditional Kia would have the brand logo. The camera is understandably for the autonomous drive system of the electric crossover. The smooth crease lines on the hood create a sense of elegance, while the dip in the center gives the electric crossover a hint of sportiness.

Kia welcomed 2021 with a new brand logo, as it gears up to script the next chapter of its corporate strategy with highly futuristic EVs. The company has replaced its old roundel and with a sleek new logo that will adorn the Kia EV6 featuring a continuing flat ribbon-style modern font.

New Kia logo 2021 to be used on Kia EV6
Kia has reduced its logo to the essential elements, in line with its minimalist EVs. The launch also marks the introduction of the new brand slogan. Image Source: Kia

The Kia EV6 is a milestone at Kia, akin to the ID.3 which was a major transition in Volkswagen’s corporate strategy. Like the German automaker, it has changed its logo to a new low-profile, flattish style that is in line with the minimalist nature of next-gen EVs. The EV6 is the first global Kia to bear the new Kia logo.

Kia EV6 U.S. launch

Kia CV US debut LA Auto Show 2021
The Kia EV U.S. unveil could be a private event instead of an LA Auto Show 2021 premiere. Image Source: Kia

The Kia EV6 is said to enter production in July this year. A report from edaily.co.kr suggests that its domestic launch will take place the same month. “We will expand our position in the EV market through the successful launch of the first EV6, which is scheduled to be released in July,” Kia President said at the company’s 77th general shareholders’ meeting held on March 22.

The Kia EV6 launch in the USA could take place as early as this fall. The Kia EV6 would have platform mates from Hyundai and Genesis this year – the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60.

At its 2021 CEO Investor Day event on the 9th of February, Kia announced the showcase the EV6 in the United States for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in May (refer the presentation screenshot below). However, the LA Auto Show 2021 has been rescheduled again, moving from May 19-31 to November 17-28. Now, it may decide to conduct a private event if it still wants to reveal the car to Americans then. No mention of the North American release is found in the press release that was issued after the global premiere on March 30.

In the UK, the Kia EV6 will be launched this Summer, around the same time as in South Korea. The Kia UK website confirms this launch timeline while rounding up the key specifications. The EV6 is now included in the vehicle line-up even on the Kia Norway website, where the dedicated landing page says that customer deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2021.

Kia Electric Car FAQs

Which cars are the Kia EV6 rivals?

The EV6 will compete with the Tesla Model Y, VW ID.4, Ioniq 5, Toyota BZ3X, Nissan Ariya & Subaru Evoltis.

What is the Kia EV6 release date & range?

The Kia EV6 global release date is July 2021. As per Kia, the EV6 travels over 510 km or 311 miles per charge.

What would be the Kia EV6 price?

The Kia EV6 price in the U.S. (launch expected in Fall) is estimated to start at under $45,000.

Some images in the story are screen grabs from the official product presentation

Featured Image Source: Naver/pagani0101