The Kia EV6 is an electric compact crossover SUV produced by Kia. Introduced in March 2021, it is the first Kia dedicated electric vehicle, and the first model developed on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) similar to the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It is also the first model to named under the new nomenclature designated for a line of Kia electric cars, which will range from EV1 to EV9.
Kia America is once again delivering the future – today. Now through November 28, Kia will present the iconic 2022 New Year’s Eve Numerals at the Los Angeles Auto Show where attendees can take the perfect selfie and get a closer look at the seven-foot tall, 1,130-pound numerals that will light up at midnight atop Jamestown’s and New Tradition’s One Times Square on New Year’s Eve and remain there throughout the 2022 year. But in a surprising twist at the show, some of the most recognizable numerals in the world will be energized by an all-new, all-electric Kia EV6 to highlight that this is Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle that can also act as a power source on wheels.
At the conclusion of the auto show, the 2022 Numerals will be hitched to an award-winning Kia Telluride SUV – and flanked by an all-electric Kia EV6 – for a cross journey through 18 states before arriving in New York City’s Times Square on December 20.
“We are thrilled to be delivering the Times Square New Year’s Eve Numerals to their home at One Times Square to celebrate the coming of 2022,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, Kia America. “During the cross-country trip to New York, we’ll be celebrating all the big and small things that make America great and spread some holiday cheer as well.”
Hyundai and Kia are two leaders when it comes to electric cars, and while their EVs so far have always been based on more conventional cars, they’re now moving to the point where standalone models are being produced.
We’ve already seen the Hyundai IONIQ 5, and next up is the introduction of the Kia EV6 – creative name, we know. It uses the same platform as the IONIQ, which is a bespoke for EVs, and frees up plenty of cabin space, while using a range of new powertrains.
Among the many benefits of this is the fact the EV6 is able to charge at up to 350kW, making it one of the quickest-charging electric cars around. There’s also some rather wild styling at play too, which is quite the departure from what we’re used to from Kia. While the firm calls it a crossover, it’s more of a blend of a saloon and hatchback, before being put on stilts. But is this an electric car to consider? Let’s find out.
At launch there are two powertrains to choose between – a single motor rear-wheel-drive car and an all-wheel-drive option that gets a second motor. A hugely powerful GT model will also follow in due course as a rival to the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.
We’re trying the single motor car here, which produces 226bhp and 350Nm of torque, and which can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, on to a top speed of 114mph. If you want the more powerful version, this produces 321bhp and 605Nm of torque, meaning that 0-60mph can be dispatched in just five seconds.
Thanks to a large 77.4kWh battery, this rear-wheel-drive car has a very impressive claimed electric range of 328 miles, dropping to 314 miles for the more powerful version. Thanks to that speedy charge rate, if you can find a 350kW charger, its battery can be topped up from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes, while plugged into an 11kW wallbox, it would take seven hours and 20 minutes.
The 2022 Kia EV6 is the company’s first dedicated EV, and the striking crossover is built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin a slew of new Kia EVs. With an expected driving range of 300 miles and quick charging rates thanks to its 800-volt architecture, the EV6 is an example of the expanding choices and capabilities of the latest electric vehicles. It’ll also offer two different batteries, rear- or all-wheel drive, and between 167 and 576 horsepower.