The EV6 is scheduled to be launched in select global markets in the second half of this year, including North America, and is the first Kia to be built to be electric from the ground up.
The modestly successful Niro EV SUV was a gas-powered vehicle modified to run on batteries.
However, the EV6 is based on what Kia will use to power six future electric cars.
The platform, called E-GMP itself, is being used by parent company Hyundai to power the Ioniq 5 EV and other future electric vehicles as well.
This means that the EV6 is a very important car for Kia, so the company has made sure to be packed with attractive features and pioneering technologies.
The EV6 is available in both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations, and Kia equips it with the standard 58 kW package or the 77.4 kW long-range package.
Kia says the rear-wheel-drive EV6 with the Long Range Package can go 510 kilometers, based on the European WLTP test standard.
The E-GMP platform uses 800-volt battery packs, making it possible to charge the EV6 from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.
The all-wheel drive GT version of the EV6 is the highest specification and only comes with the long-range package, it uses two engines to produce 430 kW, or roughly 576 hp, and can go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.5 seconds.
The EV6 also features an ICCU integrated charge controller that allows bi-directional charging, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which means the vehicle can draw electricity from the grid as well as act as a power source to connect up to 3.6 kW to other devices..
The EV6 doesn’t use gas to generate this power, and Kia says the EV6 can also pull up to 1,600kg as long as the battery is over 35 percent full as well.
The EV6 uses a number of energy recovery features, such as a highly efficient heat pump that removes excess energy from the cooling system, so the vehicle retains 80 percent of its standard range even when outside temperatures drop below freezing.
The EV6 also offers an advanced six-level regenerative braking system, and drivers can determine how aggressively the system is gathering kinetic energy using the paddle shifters mounted behind the wheel.
When the system is set to its maximum, called the i-PEDAL mode, the EV6 can operate without ever touching the brakes, and releasing the accelerator pedal gently slows the car until it stops.
There are two 12-inch curved screens housed in a body that rises from the dashboard and within the cabin, designed to reduce reflections and glare, one in front of the driver and the other for entertainment purposes.
There is also an AR display in the driver’s field of vision that displays information such as: vehicle speed, navigation directions, and alerts from ADAS.
Kia promises that this will be upgradeable over the air, and there are advanced driver assistance features, and the EV6’s ADAS includes a new Safe Exit Assist feature, which warns you of incoming traffic when exiting the vehicle.
In addition, the Remote Intelligent Park Assist system will pull the car in and out of places even if it is not behind the wheel, and Highway 2 Driving Assistant, which maintains the vehicle’s speed at a specified speed and also ensures that it stays in the middle of its lane.
There is no information yet about pricing for the different configurations.