The Kia EV6 is the firm’s first ground-up pure electric car… and the line-up includes an EV6 GT range-topper with a remarkable 584hp
Kia has revealed the EV6, a crossover SUV that becomes its first pure electric car designed from the ground up as an EV.
Ordering will open from May 2021, where Kia will take fully-refundable £100 deposits for the EV6 – with UK deliveries promised from as soon as October 2021.
Prices start from £40,895.
While the basic range offers from 165hp – or 235hp in all-wheel drive guise – Kia has surprised everyone with the development of a range-topping EV6 GT version (pictured above).
This has an incredible 584hp for 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds!
The Kia EV6 GT will cost from £58,295 – far cheaper than the Lamborghini Urus SUV Kia showed it beating in a 400-metre drag race during the car’s launch...
The EV6 GT was also only just pipped to the line by a McLaren 570S supercar.
There will be two battery options, a 58kWh pack or a long-range 77.4kWh setup.
A driving range of up to 317 miles is promised, and even the performance EV6 GT will do more than 250 miles on a single charge.
Kia says it’s equipped with an 800V fast-charging system, delivering a top-up from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes… or 62 miles’ range in under five minutes.
The first car to wear the firm’s future-focused EV look, the EV6 has smooth but muscular lines, with bold front and rear wheelarches and a rakeish roofline.
The lines have been kept intentionally clean, to emphasise the standout details such as the lower line that chops through the rear wheelarch to join the tail lamps.
Measuring just under 4.7 metres long, the EV6 has a stretched 2.9-metre wheelbase, producing short overhangs and a 'wheel at each corner' look.
This also liberates tremendous amounts of space inside, promises the firm – aided by an all-new EV platform called E-GMP that gives a flat floor layout.
The dashboard has been paired back to increase space, with novel features including a stowage compartment between the front seats to drop bags into.
The standout feature is two 12.0-inch HD screens mounted beneath a curved piece of glass – Kia has eschewed the giant portrait-style screens of rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
There’s plenty of room for passengers in the rear and the 520-litre boot is almost 120 litres bigger than its Ford SUV arch-rival.
The Kia EV6 is also available with ‘zero gravity’ seats for optimum comfort, while the EV6 GT range-topper gets a hip-hugging set of bucket seats in the front – plus a special button on the steering wheel to instantly summon maximum power and acceleration.
“The launch of the EV6 marks a new beginning for Kia,” said president Ho-sung Song.
“EV6 also represents the beginning of Kia’s long-term commitment to sustainable mobility, accelerating the transition not only to clean transportation, but also products, materials and manufacturing.”
Kia says that by 2030, EVs will make up 40% of its global sales – with an annual sales target of 1.6 million cars.