Kia unveils all-new EV6 electric crossover SUV
Kia has unveiled its newest all-electric vehicle, the EV6 crossover SUV. The EV6 is designed to be the first of 11 new electrified models that Kia will launch worldwide by 2026.
The EV6 is built on a new dedicated chassis platform designed for electric power. The E-GMP modular platform will allow Kia to produce multiple vehicle designs including sedans, crossovers, and SUVs in a short time and with minimal complexity. The architecture provides an adaptable foundation with a long wheelbase and wide stance.
Kia announced that they will offer 1,500 EV6 First Edition models, which will be available by advanced reservation at Kia.com starting June 3, 2021. The EV6 First Edition is a fully optioned package with an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, sunroof, 20-inch wheels, premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system and a two-year subscription to SiriusXM7. The EV6 First Edition will feature a dual-motor AWD system and a 77.4 kWh battery. A smaller 58.0 kWh battery will also be available once standard production models are offered.
New for the EV6 is Kia's 800V multi-charging architecture, which enables ultra-fast DC charging capability from 10-80 percent charge (up to 210 miles range) in under 18 minutes. This level of charging is planned for Portland sites such as Electric Island on Swan Island. With the larger battery pack and the most efficient combination, the EV6 is targeted to achieve 300 miles of range. Also new is Kia's Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function, which turns the EV6 into a mobile power source for computers, camping, tailgating, and back-up power at home.
The first EV6 models are expected to go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states with a high-performance GT model arriving in late 2022. Pricing has not yet been announced.
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