Adrenalin pumping performance is coupled with guilt-free driving, ultra-fast charging and sleek good looks in an all-new electric vehicle internationally unveiled recently by Korean carmaker Kia.
Imagine accelerating from 0-100 kmph in just 5.2 seconds in the standard version and in an eye-watering 3.5 seconds in the GT version; a top speed of 260 kmph, zero emissions, 510 kms on a single charge in the long-range version, and a high-speed charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Enter the Kia EV6 which goes on-sale in select global markets from the second half of 2021.
Described as “the embodiment of the new Kia” by Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President & CEO, the EV6 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. It is born to inspire every journey through bold design, progressive engineering, innovative technologies, and exciting electric performance.
The EV6 is the first dedicatedbattery electric vehicle (BEV) produced by Kia using the all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), and forms the first part of Kia’s transition to the new era of electrification under the new brand slogan ‘Movement that inspires.’It also begins Kia’s mid-to-long term strategy for BEVs, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles to make up 40 percent of Kia’s total sales by 2030, with an annual sales target of 1.6 million units for these eco-friendly models.
“This is stimulating news for Kia fans in Sri Lanka, even though it is going to be a while before the EV6 arrives in this country, given the dynamics of the local automobile market,” said Andrew Perera, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors (Lanka). “What it does is to demonstrate what Kia is doing to take pole position in the new EV era, and gives motoring enthusiasts a glimpse of what is waiting for them, when import restrictions are lifted.”
The EV6 was designed under Kia’s new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the center of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy, with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes.
The EV6 offers buyers a choice of multiple fully-electric, zero-emission powertrain configurations, including long-range (77.4 kWh) and standard-range (58.0 kWh) high-voltage battery packs. EV6 GT-line is available with both long-range and standard-range battery packs, while EV6 GT features the long-range battery pack only. This is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be available with two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) options – the latter offering enhanced dynamic capability in even the most challenging conditions.
The 2WD 77.4 kWh EV6 can travel over 510 kilometers (316 miles) on a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle. With a maximum 605 Nm torque available on the AWD version, the EV6 can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. The 77.4 kWh battery pack is paired with a 168 kW (229ps) electric motor powering the rear wheels, and for AWD models a 239 kW (325 ps) electric motor powers the front and rear wheels.
The GT version of EV6 demonstrates Kia’s technological leadership through a combination of outstanding high-speed charging and acceleration performance like a super sports car. With Kia’s dedicated EV platform, there is no need for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and performance. Designed to deliver something different in the crossover class, the GT version of the EV6 offers a distinctive, impactful exterior with high-tech features, as well as unprecedented levels of performance from a Kia electric vehicle.
The EV6 offers 800V and 400V charging capabilities, without the need for additional components or adapters. The car is capable of a high-speed charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes on all variations or a top-up charge of 100km of driving range in less than four and a half minutes when pairing 2WD with the 77.4-kWh battery option.